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Prospect Update: Kailer Instincts on display in the CHL

Kailer Yamamoto is coming into his own in the CHL once more. He was named player of the week for the WHL this week and had a whopping nine points in two games for the week. Elsewhere in the CHL, Kirill Maxsimov had a six point in three games effort with Niagara, and Tyler Benson had five in the same number of games for the Giants of Vancouver.

Goalie transaction chaos this week. With Talbot being down with the sickness, LB was called up to back-up Montoya. Unfortunately for the Oilers, the day before traded Ed Pasquale to Tampa. That left the Condors with no goalies for their one game on Friday. The ECHL affiliate Thunder then went without Oilers prospects as both Ellis and Starrett got the call to the AHL. The Condors got shellacked 8-0 and Starrett is now down to the ECHL. LB was sent down to the AHL after the Thursday game as well. Seems simple enough, no?

I must take a moment to hand out some credit where it is due. If you followed “Weekend Update” from LT over the years, you’ll notice I have taken over and have given it a little different flair so to speak. That said I have to show appreciation to the person running @EdProspectsWatch who I end up using a lot of their videos to supplement. Usually where team feeds don’t have as much content. So thank you to the folks behind that account.

Speaking of highlights, you’ll excuse me if the highlights are a little lighter this week from the AHL. One game, no goals.

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  • G Nick Ellis 19gp, 3.19 .898 (1 relief app., stopped 11 of 15; Called up to the AHL)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (did not play this week; Traded to Tampa Bay)

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  • G Laurent Brossoit 8gp, 2.65 .916 (Did not play this week; Called up to the NHL, and then sent down)
  • G Shane Starrett 2gp, 4.91 .885 (1 game, stopped 10 of 14; Called up to the AHL, and then sent back to ECHL)
  • LD Caleb Jones 40gp, 1-12-13 (did not play this week)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 42p, 2-7-9 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 41gp, 3-7-10 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 27gp, 3-8-11 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 26gp, 0-2-2 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)
  • LD Ben Betker 23gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Eric Gryba 10gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 34gp, 2-7-9 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ty Rattie 43gp, 16-14-30 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 38gp, 6-13-19 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Joey Laleggia 43gp, 7-19-26 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RC Josh Currie 40gp, 9-13-22 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 43gp, 7-7-14 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 35gp, 1-16-17 (did not play this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 36gp, 12-10-22 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 35gp, 9-5-13 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Joe Gambardella 23gp, 5-5-10 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 38gp, 5-6-11 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (In the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 23gp, 5-3-8 (assigned to ECHL Wichita)
  • R Zack O’Brien 21gp, 2-5-7 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 43gp, 2-7-9 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 7gp, 1-1-2 (did not play this week)
  • R Brian Ferlin 7gp, 1-0-1 (did not play this week)
  • L Evan Polei 5gp, 1-1-2 (1gp, 0-0-0; recalled from Witchita)
  • R Greg Chase 1gp, 0-0-0 (Traded to Springfield)
  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0 (NHL this week)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 18gp, 9-4-13 (called up to NHL)
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  • G Shane Starrett 25gp, 2.56 .924 (one relief app., stopped 7 of 7)
  • G Nick Ellis 2gp, 2.75 .925 (did not play this week; called up to the AHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 15gp, 8-12-20 (3gp, 2-2-4 this week)

  • F Lane Bauer 40gp, 8-21-29 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (Traded to Florida)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (in the AHL)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 37gp, 11-13-24 (did not play this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 30gp, 5-14-19 (3gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 32gp, 8-9-17 (Called up to Bakersfield this week)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 54gp, 8-3-11 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 35gp, 3-8-11 for Djurgardens (SHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 34gp, 1-2-3 for LeKi (Mestis) from HPK (Sm-Liiga) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LHD William Lagesson 40gp, 0-8-8 for Djurgardens (SHL) (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 44gp, 17-23-40 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (3gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 50gp, 36-36-72 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (3gp, 2-2-4 this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 43gp, 27-27-54 for Niagara (OHL) (3gp, 1-5-6 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 39gp, 19-31-50 for Vancouver (WHL) (3gp, 0-5-5 this week) – alumni of our Sponsor alert!
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 45gp, 7-15-22 for Guelph (OHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 22gp, 10-26-36 for Spokane (WHL) (2gp, 2-7-9 this week) – Kailer’s 5 point night.
  • G Stuart Skinner 41gp, 2.31 .926 for Swift Current from Lethbridge (WHL) (three games, stopped 108 of 116)
  • G Dylan Wells 42gp, 3.53 .900 for Peterborough (OHL) (two games/one relief app., stopped 70 of 80)
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  • RC Tyler Vesel 28gp, 10-16-26 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • L Graham McPhee 27gp, 11-7-18 for Boston College (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Aidan Muir 19gp, 2-7-9 for Western Michigan (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 21gp, 3-9-12 for Boston College (NCAA) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 28gp, 0-9-9 for Providence (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 18gp, 1-4-5 for Yale (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD John Marino 22gp, 0-9-9 for Harvard (NCAA) (1gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Matt Cairns 5gp, 0-0-0 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 46gp, 10-14-24 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 7gp, 1-2-3 for Team Czech Republic
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 5gp, 0-1-1 for Team Russia
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 7gp, 2-2-4 for Team USA
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 5gp, 4-0-4 for Team Finland

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB

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  • OriginalPouzar

    Looking forward to having Yamamoto, Benson, Hebig and Vessel turn pro next year and to be joined on the Condors by Lagesson. There
    will be a big influx of talent for the Condors next year.

    • Big Nuggets

      Bakersfield should be a lot more competitive next year. I think Lagesson will be a solid additition to the defence with Bear, Jones and Mantha all getting their first year of pro hockey under their belts. Not sure what kind of expectations to put on Benson, Yamamoto and Hebig but they all have offensive potential. They probably won’t dominate in their first year but should figure out how to score some goals. The team strength should be on defence if the first year players can take steps in their development.

  • a lg dubl dubl

    Hoping more than one college player can make the jump to the AHL/NHL. Marino, McPhee, and Rasanen look like the might work out in a couple years, and will be needed to keep the prospect pool from looking like a barren wasteland.

  • OilersBro

    In a few years, Benson and Yamo could be putting up Hall and Eberle numbers seeing as their centre’s will either be Nuge, Drai, or McD. Do not trade this young talent Chia.

  • 99CupsofCoffey

    Had the pleasure of going to the Kootenay Ice vs Spokane Chiefs game in Cranbrook on Friday for Yamamoto’s 5 point night. He was just unstoppable. And to folks who call him small, he was sure in the corners doing dirty work an awful lot lol. What a great game, and Kootenay has great fans as well.

  • Kepler62c

    Hoping the Oilers sign Vesel – PPG in college is no small feat. I think he at least deserves a 2yr ELC in the Bake. Don’t hear a lot of hype about him so maybe he doesn’t have the foot speed to be an NHLer.