After last nights post about Jujhar Khaira’s future, a couple of items have turned up that are noteworthy. One comes via the Everett Silvertips, who have announced that the new Oilers signee will attend their training camp next week before going to the Young Stars Classic Tournament and then Oilers camp. The story is here. Quoting the article:
- GM Garry Davidson: “Jujhar is obviously an exciting addition to our training camp. I’ve had the chance to visit with him over the phone a couple of times recently, and of course he’s enthusiastic about the future after signing with Edmonton last week. We look forward to having a player of his caliber here in Everett for camp and then he heads off to Edmonton and we’ll wait to see what happens with the Oilers.”
It makes sense to have the WHL as his landing place. Should he surprise and win an AHL job (or God forbid an NHL roster spot) then good on the kid. The likely call sees him spend this season in the WHL.
On another note, “Chester” posted the following in the comments section of last night’s Khaira discussion:
- Chester: I just want to add a personal note about Jujar’s development. I was the coach of a major midget team he tried out for in the lower mainland of BC (Valleywest) and I cut this kid in training camp. When he tried out he was a feisty mean player who had a little touch around the net but was small. With the overwhelming amount of returning players with the same characteristics, I cut him and he returned to his midget team. Next time I see him he’s grown 4 inches and gained 20 lbs and now looks like a beast. Players are scared of this guy when they see him sitting on the bench. Next thing I know is he’s not trying out for major midget, he’s already been granted a spot in the WHL. I really missed the boat on this kid, and that’s why I’m commenting on this forum rather than sitting in some GM chair with the Oilers. The reviews of him are outstanding since that summer.
- More Chester: As far as Constantine goes, he is an excellent developer of young players. He teaches responsible two way play and is a hard ass, but has proven results. I couldn’t be more happy to have Constantine developing this kid. He’s better than most guys out there and has a record to back it up.
My sincere thanks to Chester for the information on Khaira and on Constantine.