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Exactly One Decade Ago Today

Early days, but Jujhar Khaira is looking good and in a more prominent role at this year’s training camp. He appears ready to start exhibition games as 4L, alongside center Mark Letestu and right winger Zack Kassian. That’s the Matt Hendricks role, and for Khaira, playing consistent hockey this fall may be the key to establishing an NHL career.


There’s always a danger in comparing era’s, but I like the Kyle Brodziak comp for Jujhar Khaira. Both men came to pro hockey out of the WHL and both men spent almost the entirety of their entry-level deals in the AHL. The difference in offense from era to era (269 goals for Brodziak’s team in his 22 year-old season, 199 for Khaira’s) is certainly a factor but I think we can say with some confidence that both men improved offensively during their AHL careers.

Khaira’s offense is only one element of the game he’ll be asked to play for the Oilers. Part of that fourth-line job description is work on the penalty kill. Matt Hendricks did a lot of it, Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian, too. In the AHL last season, JJ Khaira was on the ice quite a bit on the PK based on goals against. Patrick Russell (14), Josh Currie (12 PPGA), Ryan Hamilton (11), Jere Sallinen (11), Anton Lander (7) and Khaira (6) were the top six forwards in the category. He also scored a SH goal.


This is an important category, information made available via Eric Rodgers and his fine work. When on the ice during even-strength situations, Khaira was +5 and the second best forward on the Condors.


Jujhar Khaira is eligible for waivers and he has done everything asked of him leading up to this training camp. He scored on Saturday in scrimmage and today, too. That doesn’t mean much, but Todd McLellan has him lining up with NHL forwards and that means quite a bit. You know, Kyle Brodziak had a fantastic training camp beginning September 17, 2007 and he rode that TC all the way to an NHL career. Perhaps history repeats.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I’m certain the Khaira is on the team. If there is a surprise add (Rattie, Malone, other) to the opening night roster, I assume that Pakarinan is the man they expose to waivers even though the coach does like Pak and he can PK.

    I am pulling for Jujhar but I still see him as the 13th forward if Slepy is good to go – who is going to come out of the lineup for Khaira? Slep? Kass? I just don’t see it.

    With that said, its nice to see Khaira with early camp success including with some production. Lets not get ahead of ourselves though, we are talking about internal scrimmages.

    Medium term – if Khaira can turn in to anything close to Brodziak, what a great thing it will be!

  • Spydyr

    EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Oilers have reduced their training camp roster by five today, assigning the following players to their respective junior teams:

    Kirill Maksimov – Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

    Ostap Safin – St. John (QMJHL)

    Dmitri Samorukov – Guelph Storm (OHL)

    Stuart Skinner – Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

    Dylan Wells – Peterborough Petes (OHL)

  • ed from edmonton

    All you need to know about the Lowe,tambo, mact era is the decision to keep Marc poulliot and dump Kyle brodziak. This was typical of their player evaluation skills.

  • madjam

    Laleggia starting to come into mix (picture ) as well , with his impressive individual short hand goal . Going to be quite the battles for bottom six forwards in exhibition . Joey’s special team play could be a useful option .