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Oilers prospect Jujhar Khaira's could be next 'big' thing

Jujhar Khaira has earned a reputation in the Oilers organization for being self-motivated and a...

Jujhar Khaira has earned a reputation in the Oilers organization for being self-motivated and a quick study. (Robert Tychkowski/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

It’s hard to tell which is happening faster — Jujhar Khaira getting better or Jujhar Khaira getting bigger — but if you’re the Edmonton Oilers, it’s a pretty exciting race.

Two years and 20 pounds after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft, the organization is licking its chops at the thought of what this kid could become.

And why not? If you’re looking for a prototype of the player Edmonton so desperately needs to hang with the big dogs in the Pacific Division, Khaira, if he can reach his full potential, is it.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds (so far), the left winger/centre, who becomes a full-time professional this year, is everything they want.

Big. Good. Smart. Hungry.

“He thinks the game really well on the ice and when you couple that with the size and skill he has, it’s going to be a very bright future for him,” said Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he has to do to get better and he work


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