HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson announced today that sophomore Jujhar Khaira (Surrey, B.C.) is foregoing his final years of eligibility to sign a contract with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. The 6-3 forward will attend their upcoming prospects camp and their main preseason camp with the goal of making the Oilers' opening day roster.
Khaira tallied six goals and 19 assists for 25 total points as a freshman with the Huskies last season. He finished tied for fourth on the team in scoring and earned a plus-minus rating of plus two while playing in all 37 of the team's games. He was named WCHA Rookie of the Week Nov. 20 after helping Tech to a pair of overtime wins with two goals and an assist. In the classroom, Khaira earned a 3.38 grade point average in business management.
"We thank Jujhar for his year at Tech," said Pearson. "He grew immensely as a player and person. It's bittersweet to see him go, but we know he's following his dream.
"The Oilers are one of the young, exciting teams in the NHL, and I know Jujhar figures into their plans for the future. Thanks to my assistant coaches Billy Muckalt and Damon Whitten for their work in developing him and getting him ready for the next level. He will be missed, but his departure creates an opportunity for someone else to step up."
Khaira was one of three NHL draft picks on the Tech roster. He was chosen by Edmonton in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2012 draft.
"I'm really excited to take the next step," said Khaira. "I had a phenomenal time at Tech—one of the best of my life—and I wouldn't have changed going there. There were so many great people including my teammates and coaches. Everyone helped me out a lot, and I'm very grateful."
Michigan Tech opens its 2013-14 season Oct. 5 vs. Laurentian.