Michigan Tech’s Khaira one and done, signs NHL deal with Edmonton

Michigan Tech forward Jujhar Khaira is foregoing his final three years of eligibility to sign with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, the school announced Thursday.

Khaira played in all 37 games last season for the Huskies and tallied six goals and 19 assists for 25 points as a freshman.

“We thank Jujhar for his year at Tech,” said MTU coach Mel Pearson in a statement. “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 originally selected by Edmonton in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.

“I’m really excited to take the next step,” added 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.”