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Oilers sign Kailer Yamamoto to entry level contract

The Edmonton Oilers announced that they have signed 2017 first round pick, Kailer Yamamoto, to a three-year entry level contract.

Yamamoto, who was picked at #22 in June’s NHL Draft, played in 65 games with the Spokane Chiefs last year and put up 99points (42G, 57A). After being drafted, Yamamoto made news after he told Peter Chiarelli that he would come back to haunt the team if they didn’t pick him. Clearly, the plan worked.

Yamamoto looks to spend at least one more year with Spokane in the WHL to work on his skills and has publicly stated that his goal is to lead the league in scoring. Not only does he show guts off the ice but also on the ice. Kailer is the shortest recorded first round pick in the history of the NHL (5’8″, 153lbs), and uses his speed and small size to his advantage on the ice.

I personally can’t wait to see the kid play in the NHL, whether it’s this year, next year, or the year after that. What do you guys think of our first round draft pick? Do you think we’ll be seeing him in the NHL anytime soon?

YAMAMOTO’S JUNIOR CAREER SO FAR

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 Spokane Chiefs WHL 68 23 34 57 50 12 6 2 3 5 6
2015-16 Spokane Chiefs WHL 57 19 52 71 34 20 6 1 4 5 10
2016-17 Spokane Chiefs WHL 65 42 57 99 46 14

 

  • Sammy27

    Love this kid. We’ve got lots of size on this team so we have room for a few shorter players. Does he have growth potential? Do his parents have any “tall genes” in their family tree? Here’s hoping !

  • OilCan2

    Great signing. I think he has the potential to get some serious points in the first nine games. Let’s say he is second or third on the team at that point. Keep him in the show.

      • Jay

        We don’t rely on Johnny… we rely on depth at forward and the best defense in the league. The Coilers rely on one player, and if that player slumps or gets hurt, Deadmonton is a lottery team. Notice how we made the playoffs even though Gaudreau slumped AND got hurt?

        • 24% body fat

          uh ya think again, remember the beginning of the season when flames were at the bottom when JG wasnt scoring. Oh Deadmonton, original and funny, how many good concerts you been to lately?

          • 24% body fat

            and when he was slumping you were brutal. One hot streaks got the flames in the playoffs, and many of your own media said they shouldnt have been there.

          • 24% body fat

            ya relevant haha. Calgary has the stampede, the worst stadium in the CFL, the worst arena in the NHL, they dont get any concerts. Edmonton only has good concerts, the best arena in the nhl, teams that have actually won in playoffs over the course of history, MLS team, the internationally acclaimed fringe festival, (countless other festivals), the internationally acclaimed st. albert childrens festival, the largest park system in Canada, and the river valley. But hey you can bobsleigh in calgary.

          • 24% body fat

            oh not to mention WEM, the largest art gallery in western canada, the tallest building in canada outside toronto, the legislative building, more golf courses than any other metro area in the world, an Active horse race venue that hosts the Canadian Derby, old strathcona which has whyte ave (more licensed establishments than any other street in the country), Elk Island, Ft Edmonton, the Winspear is the most advanced opera hall in Canada, Multiple Casinos, Muttart conservatory, Telus world of science, Alberta Aviation museum, St. Albert has Canads largest farmers market, etc, etc.

            When I say it is not original it is because it is not nor is it accurate or irrelevant. It is just uneducated.

        • 24% body fat

          center depth by far oilers, winger depth slight edge to calgary, depth on d Calgary, Goalies oilers. flames depth is not as good as you think it is, it is just a lame saying shames fans use because there play is boring and there top end players are not as good as the oilers.

        • Svart kaffe

          I’ve got nothing against Calgary since I’m not even from North America, but “no obvious glaring hole” isn’t the same as “best defence in the league”. They look alright. Maybe even good.

        • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

          “we rely on depth at forward and the best defense in the league. ”

          If by “depth at forward” you mean 3rd and 4th line players who can’t win a single playoff game, then you’re right. The Flames have the depth of a septic tank.

          And best D? I never realized that the best defense in the league could finish 17th in goals against. I guess if the Flames were the 10th best defense in the league, they’d finish in 27th spot?

    • ponokanocker

      Oilers fans don’t care if Gaudreau is small, soft or fragile, as we don’t care about the Flames. Why is a Flames fan always on the Oiler’s message boards?

  • Glencontrolurstik

    Sung to… Queen’s “I want to ride my bi-cy-cle”…
    I want to sign my Drai-sai-tl, I want to sign my Drai…
    I want to sign my Drai-sai-tl, I want to sign my Drai…
    Daisaitl, Draisaitl,…. Draisaitl, Draisaitl….

    Just so far, I can’t sleep with this on mai mind….
    I’m a “one thing at a time” kinda guy…

  • XL Lebowski

    I find it interesting to see the fear in Calgary Flames fans. They disguise this fear with insults about Edmonton on this site and others, namely Sportsnet. Its so easy to see that something great is building here again and deep down they know it. That’s why the insults about our players, the salary cap and slandering the name of Edmonton will continue to grow. Too bad. Must be hell living in fear like that.

  • toprightcorner

    The best thing about Yamamoto is that after this year in Spokane, he will have played 4 full seasons in the WHL, meaning he qualifies to be able to play in the AHL the following season and not forced to play another year in the WHL like every other non European 1st round pick.

    This means the Oilers don’t have to rush him and he can play 40 games in the AHL to prepare to play against bigger players.

    Yamamoto is a much more talented and feistier version of Johnson or Gaudreau. He is closer to the lines of Theo Fleury with his “not scared of $hit” attitude on the ice. in a couple years next to McDavid, he will be a top 10 scorer in the NHL.