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Jujhar Khaira Assigned to Bakersfield Condors

After bouncing in and out of the lineup over the past couple weeks, the Oilers have assigned Jujhar Khaira to the Bakersfield Condors.

With the Oilers sporting a healthy roster it didn’t make much sense to have Khaira sitting around not playing. Although, I’m sure there’s value in having Khaira practice with the NHL club he’s not getting into any games which isn’t helping him much. Meanwhile, the Condors are in the midst of a playoff push and will surely benefit from Khaira’s ability to produce offence at the AHL level.

I think it’s fair to say that this demotion is more likely to do with wanting to help the Condors than it is specifically about Khaira’s play. That said, the trio of Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen, and Matt Hendricks have been rotating in and out of the fourth line with Khaira being the odd man out. From where I blog, it makes sense to have Khaira playing meaningful games with the Condors rather than sitting in the pressbox for the Oilers.

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The 22-year old is in his fourth full professional season and has made some nice strides in terms of his development. Originally drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft, Khaira has climbed the depth chart with his gritty style of play and ability to work the cycle down low.

 

KHAIRA’S SEASON SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors* AHL 24 8 10 18 24 2
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 1 1 2 1
NHL Totals   25 1 2 3 15
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  • OriginalPouzar

    This is a no-brainer.

    It made sense to keep him for a while as the team is only allowed four call-ups after the trade deadline, however, given there are only 4 games to go, the risk of running out of non-emergency call-ups is all but gone.

    Slepy has clearly earned the open 4W spot over JJ at this point (Pak and Hendo still in the mix).

    They did a paper transaction at the deadline so that he’s eligible for the AHL playoffs. Hopefully they make it.

  • Oiler Al

    Had he been with the Penguins Org., he would have been a regular by now. Its dumb to have had him sitting around all this year. Would have been better off playing regularly in Bakersfield. So much for an insecure coach.[ or maybe not so smart]

    • Keepyourstickontheice

      Had my aunt testicles, she’d be my uncle. It less than optimal to have extra guys pushing for NHL time and sitting in the press box, but this is a good problem to have, and much better than our previous problem of rushing guys into the big show.

      • Oiler Al

        Pitts plays their rookies in positions to succeed and not 4 th line pluggers. They played Sheary, Rust, etc on top lines.They also had a patchwork blue line, and still won the Stanley Cup. Oh, forgot they had a good coach.Would you rather make comparisons with Colorado?

        • OriginalPouzar

          In what world and on what team does JJ deserve more than 4th line minutes and 4th line linemates in the NHL?

          He is a fringe NHLer at best right now with almost zero offence and a history of weak offence.

          I like the guy, I like the player, I can see him being a fixture on the 4th line next season, however, lets not try and create a story line where he is being done wrong by the organization

        • Strunzo

          Comparisons is for losers… Oil will end up with 100 plus points … JJ is a somewhat weak fringe player who hasn’t shown anything special… He deserves to be where he is and the Oil are doing more than just fine..

  • Big Jacks Meat

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz does nothing for me. Pick it up JJ. You wont be playing in the playoffs till you stay healthy
    and provide what you do best. NEXT !

  • Spydyr

    He will be back up when an injury occurs or the Condors are out of the playoffs. The rosters expand once the big dance starts you can have as many black aces as you like.