Oilers select Kailer Yamamoto
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- R Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). The Black Book: “An electric player with dynamic offensive ability, easily some of highest skill of any forward I watched this year, he’s just so small and at times took some big contact when I was viewing him. Love his aggressive nature and how he attacks puck carries from all angles, it puts players on edge.”
- Corey Pronman: It takes a lot of talent for teams to be convinced that a player under 5foot8
should go in the top 15, but Yamamoto clears that bar, partly on talent alone, and partly on a relatively weak draft class. He’s a plus skater, puck handler and passer. Yamamoto has great agility on his edges, combined with a good top gear. He can create when he is carrying the puck due to his skill, creativity and ability to see the ice. He can come down the wing with speed one shift and quarterback a power play the next. At the WHL level as an 18 yearold, he showed he could be decent defensively, but the main concern going forward is how will he do away from the puck at his
size. I have reasonable concerns about that, and it’s why I don’t think he’s at the level of say, Mitch Marner, at the same age. However, there is still a lot of promise in his game.