Blackhawks: Top Three Breakout Candidates For 2021-22

By Jimmy Lynch
Alex Nylander #92, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Jujhar Khaira #16, Edmonton Oilers
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2. Jujhar Khaira

Jujhar Khaira is the physical bottom-six player this team has been missing in the past. Khaira has size at 6’4″, and he is going to use it a lot with this team. Honestly out of all the different players that could play in the bottom six in my eyes Khaira has to be a lock for the lineup on most nights.

He might not put up a lot of points offensively, last year he put up 11 in 40 games, but he will help make a team better and provide a physical presence on a team that has never really played that physical.

I think Khaira would not be a lock for the lineup if Bowman had not given him a two-year contract off the bat. If the team just signed him for a season I could see them viewing him as a player that might work out but might end up not being a part of things, but considering they gave him that extra year I think they plan on having him in the lineup.

Khaira will probably become a fan favorite this year. His physicality and versatility on the special teams for this team will be something fans watch. If the team needs someone with size in front of the net on the power play they can use Khaira, and if they want to try and press opposing power plays then he will be used on the penalty kill as well.