It doesn’t take a full career’s worth to make an impact. Sometimes, it comes in short order.
Jujhar Khaira made a big impression, in more ways than one, in 2013-14.
The transfer forward out of Michigan Tech made the most of his time as a Silvertips to prepare his way for the NHL and made it count with a big bodied, physical brand, commanding presence on the ice, and a calming presence off it.
As a member of the Silvertips All-Decade Team:
Khaira, 21, recorded three hits, a blocked shot and one shot on goal in 10:02 of ice time for Edmonton, suiting up in jersey #54. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward is the 15th player, all-time to suit up for the Silvertips in 13 seasons and make his NHL debut.
He skated at the NCAA level for Michigan Tech for one season, ranking third in scoring as a freshman with 25 points (6g-19a) in 37 games before committing to the Silvertips for the 2013-14 season. Khaira’s rights were originally acquired on May 3, 2012 by the Silvertips along with first round and third round selections from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for left wing Jari Erricson, a first round, and conditional fourth round selections.
- 59 games in 2013-14, ranking fourth in scoring with 44 points (16g-28a) and recording a +5 rating
- He also tied for the club’s lead in postseason scoring with four points in five games
- One of five players in Silvertips history to record a hat trick in the playoffs (Mar. 28 vs. Seattle)
- Named Most Dedicated Player in 2013-14
- Made NHL debut Nov. 28, 2015 with Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh
- Has spent all 6 NHL seasons in an Edmonton Oilers uniform
- 11 goals with Edmonton in 2017-18
- Was a part of the Oilers return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2019-20 and suited up in 4 postseason games
- Has 5 points through 7 games in 2020-21