We’re getting to know the 2012 picks outside Nail (who’s already famous in Oiler Nation) Yakupov, and as the weeks go by the title of “best pick outside round 1″ appears to be trending toward a strapping young man from Surrey, BC.
In his first 7 games at Michigan Tech, Khaira was 0-3-3 -1. Since that game, he’s 11, 4-8-12 +1. The 6.03, 195 pound center/wing has been impressive as a freshman and is getting some attention for this work. First, some video evidence that he can be a physical player:
Khaira is doing all of this at a rather young age–he turned 18 in mid-August 2012–and has climbed the depth chart at Michigan Tech in rapid fashion. He’s also shooting more in recent games (7 shots in his last 2 games).
Teenage picks in the MBS era who have either played in the NCAA before or after being drafted include Dillon Simpson, Tyler Pitlick and Troy Hesketh.