Update on NHL Draftees Khaira and Phillips
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Edmonton Oilers draft pick Jujhar Khaira (Surrey, B.C.) and Winnipeg Jets draftee Jamie Phillips (Caledonia, Ont.) are both looking forward to joining the Michigan Tech hockey team next fall. The pair represent two of the seven incoming freshmen on coach Mel Pearson's roster for 2012-13.
Khaira, as Edmonton's third-round choice (63rd overall), was invited to the Oiler's Development Camp. He's spending a week (June 26-July 2) in Edmonton working out with the team's coaches and other draft picks.
"It's an unreal feeling," said Khaira of being drafted. "It's one of the greatest experiences in the world getting your name called.
"Camp's going really well. It's a lot of fun working out and meeting the staff and other prospects."
Phillips was a little more surprised to hear his name called. The Winnipeg Jets' seventh-round selection (190th overall) was sitting at home when he received calls from friends congratulating him. "I had to check the internet to make sure," he said.
"I'm very excited I was drafted, and really happy it was Winnipeg. It's a great city and organization."
Khaira and Phillips will arrive on campus in August. Both said they're looking forward to getting started in the classroom as well as on the ice.