The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed F Jujhar Khaira to a two-year contract.
According to OilersNation’s Jason Gregor, the deal will see him paid $1.2-million annually.
Khaira, who was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2012 draft, just finished his fourth-campaign with the club.
It was a year that saw him score three goals, adding 15 assists in 60 games played. A useful bottom-six player, Khaira has slowly become a favourite of Oilers.
Khaira was an RFA this offseason and Edmonton had issued him a qualifying offer last week to retain his rights. His underlying analytics are just under the team average throughout his career with a low-PDO suggesting there could be more to his game.
This was a signing I was expecting to happen and I think will be fairly inconsequential. Offering up 18 points last year, I would expect that number to bounce back above the 20 mark like in his 17-18 season that saw him notch 21 points.
Khaira shot astronomically low last year — only 4.7 per cent. If that rebounds back to the 10-12 per cent range, he will near 10 goals next season.
Not a whole lot more you could ask for from a bottom-six, low-cost winger.
At 24-years-old, he’s just entering his prime in the NHL so these are the years we could expect the most out of him. If he doesn’t seem to progress, his cap hit is low enough it could be buried in the AHL for the second year of the contract, though I don’t see that happening.
When his contract is over, Khaira will remain a RFA.
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