We’ve got to talk about the odd season Kailer Yamamoto’s is having again. We all know how poorly he played during his return to the WHL after his stint with the Oilers. And we all know how poorly he played during the World Junior tournament at the beginning of the year. But what he’s done since his return to the team on January 12 has been nothing short of amazing.
Since rejoining the Chiefs after the World Juniors were over, Kailer Yamamoto has put up 24 points in 10 games. Pretty good right? Now compare that to the 12 points in 13 games he got before Christmas and you’re on a whole other playing field. It actually amazes me how someone can turn their game around that quickly.
Don’t forget that Kailer went down with a leg injury in his last game of the World Juniors and missed four games in the WHL because of it. Kailer must have got some intense superpower medication and rehab from that injury because I’ve never seen anyone bounce back like that before. What could they have possibly done to Yamo to make him play so good?
To make things even more entertaining, is that Kailer’s now working his way up the board for all-time assists leaders. Kailer now sits in fifth with 169 assists. Looking at the image above, Mitch Wahl and Brenden Kichton never have played an NHL game, Pat Falloon played his last NHL game 18 years ago, and Ray Whitney obviously had a very long and successful career.
At the time of this article (Friday), the Spokane Chiefs have 21 games left to play in the season. At his current point pace, it is very likely that Kailer can pass Mitch Wahl on the assists leaderboard. Since New Years, Yamamoto is scoring 2.4 points per game. Think he can keep this up for another twenty?
Other records to note
Yamamoto currently sits 13th in all-time point leaders on the Chiefs with 263. If he miraculously continues this scoring pace for the remainder of the season, Kailer could finish third in all-time points behind Pat Falloon and Ray Whitney. I know this is pretty unlikely, but how can you not hope for it to happen.
Kailer also sits 11th in all-time points per game with Spokane. His career points per game is 1.23. Again, I know this is unlikely, but if he continues the crazy pace he’s on right now until the end of the season, Yamo will jump into 8th all-time. This is probably Yamamoto’s last year in the WHL, so I hope he can finish it on a high note with some sweet trophies.