Though the Edmonton Oilers appear to have somewhat of an idea as to what their opening night roster will look like, there are some questions and holes to fill. And though no spot is guaranteed, Jujhar Khaira is an early favorite to crack the main roster.
With a strong performance so far and a goal in the Oilers’ first preseason win, Khaira is showing that he belongs with the main club. The 23-year-old only saw 10 games of action with the Oilers last season, registering just a single goal. However, he did have an impressive eight goals and 20 points in 27 games with the Bakersfield Condors last year as well. Still, overall, his season was limited due to injury troubles.
One of the more elevated areas of his game seen at camp so far is his shooting. He has obviously been working on accuracy and power in his shots, as evident by his scoring and sharp-shooting on the ice. Not only that, he is dominant with the puck and is able to carry it up the ice without being stopped by the defence.
The 6-foot-4, 219-pound winger has also added some size and is ready to be a physical, aggressive force on the ice. This helps his two-way play, and also adds to his overall value, considering the Oilers need physicality all the way down the lineup.
Overall, he is a solid forward who can skate hard and shows great speed and size. He is dominant on the ice, and he also has great vision. Not only that, he can work well on the wing and is versatile in the fact that he could likely play on either side if the Oilers needed him to.
While it is still early, he has been one of the best players for Edmonton so far. Khaira knows what it takes to make the NHL, and with the injury to Anton Slepyshev and a need for more depth on the wing, it looks like he could start the year an Oiler. And if he stays healthy, he could become a permanent NHLer.