Kailer Yamamoto

by jameson on March 3, 2018

 

Kailer Yamamoto, C/LW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-8

Weight: 159

Born: 1998-09-29

Hometown:   Spokane, WA, USA

 

Drafted: 1st round 2017 22nd overall EDM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – After a brief nine game stint with the Oilers to start the season, Yamamoto was returned to the Spokane Chiefs on November 6th, 2017. Despite recording four points in his first game back in the WHL, the young scorer had a bit of a slow start to the season as he recorded just 12 points in 13 games before playing in the WJC for team USA. Yamamoto’s slow season continued as he recorded four points in seven WJC  games despite being expected to be one of the offensive leaders on the team. Since his return from the WJC, Yamamoto has offensively terrorized the WHL to the tune of 17 goals and 44 points in just 20 games played. His performance in 2018 has been outstanding and much closer to the numbers that he was expected to be producing. At just 5-8 and 155 lbs the obvious knock on the young American is his size, but his offensively skill set and compete level are undeniable. In today’s NHL smaller players like Johnny Gaudreau, Alex Debrincat and so many more are finding success and it’s not unrealistic to think that Yamamoto can be top six player in the NHL sooner than later. He is eligible to play in the AHL next season but with Edmonton’s lack of quality offensive wingers there is a chance that the dynamic Spokane Chief could find his way onto the Oilers roster on opening night if he has a strong training camp and pre-season. Jameson Ewasiuk

 

March 2017 – Yamamoto is a very small, very highly skilled prospect. What bodes well for Yamamoto besides his elite skill is his high compete level, willingness to play a physical game despite his size and that he has good hockey strength. He is very solid on his skates and can be difficult to push off the puck or knock down. He is very agile and elusive and can find holes and seams in defensive coverage that don’t seem to be available. His shot is deceptive in its release as it is quick, requires little wind up. His greatest asset is his offensive vision and hockey IQ, he sees the ice at an elite level, has eyes in the back of his head and thinks the game at a higher pace.

Similar to Alex DeBrincat from 2016, Yamamoto will be this years undersized, high skill player that falls in the draft below where he should be selected. Pick him early in your fantasy draft if you can wait two or three years for the payoff. Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

A ton of offensive creativity packed into a tiny stature. Size is a concern but he’ll be given every opportunity to be a winger on Mcdavid or Draisaitl’s line within a couple seasons.

 

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