One of the two-way forwards in the Oilers system we really haven’t been able to have a good look at is Jujhar Khaira. I promise not to drive you crazy with this new toy, but there are some itches that need to be scratched here. Although we don’t have time on ice and qual comp/zone starts, anecdotal information tells us young Khaira played on a button down squad and was in fact used in a defensive role.
YEAR BY YEAR GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
- 2013-14 Everett Silvertips GF-GA: 218-206 (+12)
- 2013-14 Everett Silvertips EV GF-GA: 147-156 (-9)
- What does that tell us? The Silvertips were an outstanding PP team, and that obscured their EV deficiencies.
KHAIRA EVEN-STRENGH PERFORMANCE
Interesting stuff here. This is a team that scored 2.04 EV goals a game and damn near one a game on the power play (67 PP goals in 72 games). For comparison, Leon Draisaitl’s PA Raiders—no screaming hell to be clear—scored the same number of power-play goals as Everett, but 2.34 EV goals per game. Khaira played on a very good defensive team—they were fifth in GA last season—but the EV offense was very low. Khaira’s offense may spike on a more gifted team, we know Constantine likes his button down style.
While I’m here, allow me to post Khaira’s WHL season by discipline.
|.806||CURTIS HAMILTON (10-11 WHL)||62||17||33||50|
|.800||GREG CHASE (13-14 WHL)||70||25||31||56|
|.732||TYLER PITLICK (10-11 WHL)||56||22||19||41|
|.615||MARCO ROY (13-14 QMJHL)||39||8||16||24|
|.440||JUJHAIR KHARA (13-14 WHL)||59||9||17||26|
|.414||GREG CHASE (13-14 WHL)||70||10||19||29|
|.387||CURTIS HAMILTON (10-11 WHL)||62||6||18||24|
|.375||TYLER PITLICK (10-11 WHL)||56||5||16||21|
|.256||MARCO ROY (13-14 QMJHL)||39||5||5||10|
|.288||JUJHAR KHAIRA (13-14 WHL)||59||7||10||17|
When we compare Khaira to Pitlick—a similar player with a strikingly similar history—things look fairly dire. The three items helping Khaira:
- He is a center
- It is unlikely he’ll endure the injury chain Pitlick went through
- The power-play numbers aren’t that far apart.
Jujhar Khaira’s even-strength scoring clouds our view. The Katsaros document gives us a window into the player, and suggests he was an above-average Silvertip, including surprising sustain as an EV scorer (taken in context). He is not going to play his NHL time on a skill line, but may have more offense than the boxcars imply.
I’m more confident in Khaira as a prospect today.
(Khaira photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)