Kailer Yamamoto
Kailer Yamamoto
22-Year-Old Left WingLW
Edmonton Oilers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Yamamoto took a huge step forward last year, producing 11 goals and 26 points in 27 contests. The first-round pick from 2017 was called up from AHL Bakersfield just before New Year's and slotted onto the second line with Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That trio displayed remarkable chemistry. In addition to his strong scoring, Yamamoto also played with an edge, racking up 45 hits. The 22-year-old is a virtual lock for a top-six role, although no one should expect him to play at a point-per-game pace. His success last year was fueled by shooting at a 25 percent clip, which is unsustainably high. Look for the Spokane, Washington native to reach a 60-point pace with moderate physicality and more power-play time in his upcoming first full NHL campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers in August of 2017.
Provides assist Sunday
LWEdmonton Oilers
May 23, 2021
Yamamoto recorded a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets in Game 3.
ANALYSIS
Yamamoto was shuffled down to the fourth line as head coach Dave Tippett tried to spark his sputtering offense. The move worked, as the Oilers exploded for four goals, but they took a third straight loss to open the postseason. The 22-year-old winger had 21 points, 69 shots on net and a plus-9 rating in 52 regular-season outings, but he could struggle to produce offense if he remains in the bottom six.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:22
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:37
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:04
0:54
0:24
2019–20
17:23
0:53
0:03
2020–21
16:22
0:37
0:44
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Yamamoto has only appeared in 26 NHL games since Edmonton drafted him 22nd overall in 2017. Over those contests, he has a goal and three assists. Last season, with AHL Bakersfield, Yamamoto spent a good chunk of his time recovering from injuries but managed to put up 18 points. Expected back healthy for training camp following wrist surgery in May, the 2019-20 season figures to be Yamamoto's first full NHL campaign and, if all goes according to plan, he could wind up being one of several lucky players lining up alongside Connor McDavid and/or Leon Draisaitl. Despite his small stature, Yamamoto can use training camp to carve out a role alongside one of Edmonton's superstars, which could lead to big things for the 20-year-old.
Yamamoto dominated the WHL for the second consecutive season by registering 64 points (21 goals, 43 assists) in 40 games. The diminutive winger had dropped 42 goals and 99 points through 65 contests with Spokane the year before. While the 2017 first-round (22nd overall) draft pick failed to score a goal in the nine games he saw at the top level in 2017-18, he did collect three helpers. Turning 20 years old in September, he's expected to get a serious shot at earning a role with the big club during training camp. Yamamoto carries obvious dynasty league potential despite his pint-sized physical presence.
Yamamoto is dramatically undersized at 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, but his talent level is so high that Edmonton spent the No. 22 pick in the 2017 draft on him anyway. Small though he may be, the American winger has been hugely productive in juniors -- 99 points in 65 games last year -- and he made the hockey world sit up and take notice at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase by displaying his elite speed, shot and hockey IQ. He’s a gritty player, too, unafraid of going into the tough areas of the ice against much bigger skaters. The size earns him inevitable Martin St. Louis comparisons, and he’s among the little guys who actually have the raw ability to live up to that, though it wouldn't hurt to see him put a little more muscle on before he graduates to the NHL level.
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Ready to rock
LWEdmonton Oilers
May 19, 2021
Yamamoto (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against Winnipeg, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
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Should be ready for Game 1
LWEdmonton Oilers
Undisclosed
May 15, 2021
Yamamoto (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Jets, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports.
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Unavailable for season finale
LWEdmonton Oilers
Undisclosed
May 15, 2021
Yamamoto (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's regular-season finale versus Vancouver, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
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Dealing with undisclosed issue
LWEdmonton Oilers
Undisclosed
May 12, 2021
Yamamoto (undisclosed) won't play Wednesday versus Montreal, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
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Ends nine-game point drought
LWEdmonton Oilers
May 10, 2021
Yamamoto registered an assist and two PIM in monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens.
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