The Edmonton Oilers sent Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs today, an unlikely audition finally running its course more than a month past expectation. No matter what was said today, nothing can change the fact a 150-pound phenom pushed all the way to an NHL job on a skill line. Well done, young man, we’ll see you soon.
KAILER YAMAMOTO 2017-18
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.52
- Power-play points per 60: 5.11
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 60.08
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 6.18
- Shots on goal/percentage: 23 shots/0.0
- Boxcars: 9gp, 0-3-3
- (All numbers via NaturalStatTrick and Hockey-Reference)
It was the right call, suspect a few of his first 23 shots will cash one year from now. Yamamoto’s replacement will be the subject of some discussion in the coming days, it could be anyone from Jesse Puljujarvi to Anton Slepyshev to Drake Caggiula, and beyond. For now, Brad Malone was the recall from Bakersfield to make the 23-man roster complete.
CURRENT OILERS ROSTER
The recall of Malone saves a few dollars and of course reduces the amount of skill among the forwards. Malone should be able to help on the penalty kill and had some offensive success in preseason. Malone has spent some time in the NHL (3gp, 0-0-0) this year.
CURRENT 50-MAN ROSTER
- The movement of Yamamoto to Spokane frees up one more spot on the 50-man roster.
- That slot may or may not go to Chris Kelly. Mark Spector has speculated on it, suggested it was imminent, and Spector is connected when it comes to Oilers news and information.
- Brad Malone, the new recall, duplicates a lot of the things Kelly would bring, so there is a thread of logic that suggests Kelly will not receive a new contract. I would think we’re getting close to sink or swim re: Kelly and his continued presence around the team.