It’s hard to tell which is happening faster — Jujhar Khaira getting better or Jujhar Khaira getting bigger — but if you’re the Edmonton Oilers, it’s a pretty exciting race.

Two years and 20 pounds after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft, the organization is licking its chops at the thought of what this kid could become.

And why not? If you’re looking for a prototype of the player Edmonton so desperately needs to hang with the big dogs in the Pacific Division, Khaira, if he can reach his full potential, is it.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds (so far), the left winger/centre, who becomes a full-time professional this year, is everything they want.

Big. Good. Smart. Hungry.

“He thinks the game really well on the ice and when you couple that with the size and skill he has, it’s going to be a very bright future for him,” said Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he has to do to get better and he works hard at it.

“With his size and maturity and the way he approaches the game, who knows where his top level is, but I think the future is looking really positive for him.”

About 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds when the Oilers picked him, Khaira, who had 43 points and 59 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games with Everett last season, has been trending up on all fronts ever since.

He played for Prince George (BCHL) in 2012, Michigan Tech (WCHA) in 2013, Everett (WHL) in 2014 and is preparing for his first rookie season in Oklahoma City this year.

That’s a rather quick ascent for the 19-year-old from Surrey, but he’s a pretty quick study.

“It’s been a really good few years,” said Khaira, during a break in training at the Oilers Orientation camp in Jasper. “I had a strong season at Michigan Tech, really developed my game and matured as a player.

“And playing the WHL got me used to the NHL schedule and style of play. I did a lot of video and practice for my defensive zone coverage. I thought I really improved on that. I didn’t get many points, but at the same time I think I had a really good two-way game and I played like a power forward.”

That’s the book on Khaira — that he’s driven self-starter, passionate about his development as a player, someone who spends a lot of time focusing on his weaknesses instead of his strengths.