Kailer Yamamoto

Edmonton Oilers
The Hockey Writers

Fantasy Summary

A ton of offensive creativity packed into a tiny stature with the potential to be a top line winger.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 29, 1998
Height 5‘8”
Weight 155 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 22

Observations

June 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. After his return from the WJC, Yamamoto terrorized the WHL offensively and finished with a stat line of 21 goals and 64 points in just 40 games. His performance in 2018 was 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 this 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Los Angeles Selects (Peewee) QC Int PW 2 1 2 3 0 |          
 2013-2014 Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 T1EHL U16 34 17 23 40 14 |          
 2014-2015 Team Gold USA-S16 5 2 4 6 - |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 7 3 4 7 2 |          
  Spokane Chiefs WHL 68 23 34 57 50 | Playoffs 6 2 3 5
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 3 3 6 2 |          
 2015-2016 Team Kelly USA-S17 5 2 3 5 2 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 9 7 7 14 12 |          
  Spokane Chiefs WHL 57 19 52 71 34 | Playoffs 6 1 4 5 10 
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 4 3 7 14 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 7 6 13 12 |          
 2016-2017 Spokane Chiefs WHL 65 42 57 99 46 |          
 2017-2018 Edmonton Oilers NHL 9 0 3 3 2 |          
  Spokane Chiefs WHL 40 21 43 64 18 | Playoffs 7 1 3 4
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 4 |          
 2018-2019 Edmonton Oilers NHL - - - - - |          

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