Michigan Tech announced today that sophomore forward Jujhar Khaira will be forgoing his final three years of eligibility to sign a pro contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
Khaira was a 3rd round pick, 63rd overall of the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft, and was one of Michigan Tech's biggest recruiting victories in recent history. Last season, as a freshman, Khaira scored 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points for the Huskies, and the 6'3" 194 lbs. forward developed a reputation as one of the heaviest hitters in the WCHA.
Having played in the NCAA, Khaira is eligible to play immediately in the AHL if he doesn't make the Oilers opening day roster. The Oilers would also have the option of sending him to the WHL as well, where his rights are held by the Everett Silvertips.
Offense wasn't likely to be a big problem for Michigan Tech this upcoming season, but certainly losing a player of Khaira's caliber so close to the start of the season is a blow to the Huskies, and hurts the reputation of the new WCHA in losing one of the league's highest drafted players.juh