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KHAIRA MOTIVATED BY FIRST LOOK AT PRO HOCKEY

By Chad Hudson,

As the Oklahoma City Barons await the upcoming 2014-2015 season, one player is ready to make an impact after playing in nine games after a late-season call up from the Western Hockey League.

Jujhar Khaira, the 63rd overall selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is determined to improve on what was a brief taste of life in the American Hockey League.

“I thought it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot from the coaches and the older players,” Khaira said. “I thought my game improved a lot there—just playing at [the AHL] level—I think it was really good for me to come up and get in some games.”

Khaira played in six regular season and three post-season games for the Barons, recording one goal in the playoffs. After having fun, he recognizes it is time to get to work.

“I think my speed—that can always get faster—and my puck skills, I think I really need to work on those,” Khaira said. “Just getting the quick release and being able to have quick hands [on the ice].”

After taking a couple of weeks off following the end of the season, Khaira is training and working on his game.

As the training progresses, Khaira hopes to be prepared for the challenges of next season and take advantage of every opportunity.

“I got a lot of opportunity right off the bat [when I first arrived in Oklahoma City] and I just wanted to prove myself,” Khaira said. “It was a good challenge for me and I thought, for the most part, I handled it pretty well.”

 

 

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