Yamamoto, at 18-years-old, was selected with the 22nd overall selection in this year’s draft. The diminutive winger (5-foot-8, 153 pounds) registered impressive offensive numbers for the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs last season, tallying 42 goals and 57 assists in only 65 games. And so far in 190 career WHL games, Kailer has put up 84 goals and 143 assists for 277 points putting him well above the point-per-game average at 1.19.
Now the Oilers have ten games with Kailer before they burn a year on his entry level contract. So they could always test the waters with him in the NHL to see if he can play. If he can’t handle the pro game right away it’s likely he will be sent back down to Spokane.
This summer, Yamamoto played for Team USA at the 2017 World Junior summer showcase in Plymouth, Michigan earning even more experience. This means he could potentially play for the U.S again at this year’s World Junior Tournament.