The Edmonton Oilers have seen 2012 third-round draft pick Jujhar Khaira appear in his first 12 NHL career games so far this year, but the forward prospect has spent most of the season down in the AHL with the Bakersfield Condors.
Now, though, he’ll head up to the NHL – at least for a little bit.
The Oilers officially recalled Khaira on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting out the transaction on an off-day in the team’s schedule. They’ll face the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow, but this gives Khaira a travel day – making it likely that he could see ice time tomorrow night against the team’s divisional rival.
In his 12 games with Edmonton this year, Khaira – who spent his post-draft year at Michigan Tech before finishing off his junior hockey career with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips – boasts no goals and two assists. He’s sixth in scoring on the Condors this year, though, with eight goals and 22 points in 32 games played; that’s all the more impressive, given that he boasts 14 games in hand on the rest of the team.
The Oilers didn’t announce any injuries to go with the recall, but the team is in a publicly admitted slump; head coach Todd McLellan has made comments about players being sent out if they aren’t fitting, and the team’s quotes during practice suggested that everyone thinks they can do much better. It’s possible that Khaira was simply recalled to add an extra healthy body, and to potentially add a fresh face as the club looks to break a five-game losing streak.