Kailer Yamamoto

Edmonton Oilers
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

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 Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 29, 1998
Height 5‘8”
Weight 155 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 22

Observations

March 2019 – Yamamoto started out a little slow when he was sent down to Bakersfield in November recording nine points in his first 16 games. Since then, the young winger has eight points in his last 10 games and looks to be finding a groove offensively. With the Oilers shallow on quality forward prospects, there are big expectations for Yamamoto and the hope that he can develop into a top-six forward in the NHL. He has a chance to earn a spot on the Oilers next season another year in the AHL likely wouldn’t hurt at this point. Jameson Ewasiuk

November 2018 – After a strong preseason in which he recorded six goals and nine points in six games, Yamamoto looked poised to bring his skilled game to the NHL. Flash forward to November and the young winger has recorded just two points in 11 games, while playing in the top six for most of those games, and has been scratched in the last two. He has the skill and tenacity to play at the NHL level but his lack of size has definitely hindered his effectiveness at times. Despite his size, Yamamoto hasn’t hesitated to go to the dirty areas and has done a good job of drawing penalties. Adapting to the NHL is never easy especially for a player his size so the Oilers and their fans will need to be patient. Jameson Ewasiuk

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 17 1 1 2 2 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 27 10 8 18 16 |          
 2019-2020 Edmonton Oilers NHL - - - - - |          

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