OILERS AT 22: KAILER YAMAMOTO

by Lowetide

Oilers select Kailer Yamamoto

More to come.

  • 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.
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PaperDesigner

Isn’t this the player a lot of people on this blog wanted at 22?

…What are we supposed to do, then? Be happy?

HT Joe

PaperDesigner:
Isn’t this the player a lot of people on this blog wanted at 22?

…What are we supposed to do, then? Be happy?

I like the pick, but am most disappointed by the way that Chia announced the pick.

🙂

Richard S.S.

Absolute wasted pick – a Minature Smurf.

PaperDesigner

HT Joe: I like the pick, but am most disappointed by the way that Chia announced the pick.

Did he forget to thank the city of Florida again? Classless.

DaveWatchesHockey

PaperDesigner:
Isn’t this the player a lot of people on this blog wanted at 22?

…What are we supposed to do, then? Be happy?

If you are an oiler fan and you are happy you are doing it wrong.

Dave

LadiesloveSmid

Big fan of this pick. Was scared Calgary would take him.

1 more year in Spokane and then AHL, ’98 birthday.

russ99

Solid pick. Let him bubble under a few years, put on some weight, and come up and score when we need him to.

leadfarmer

What a great pick. Love it!!! If he was 6 foot 200 lbs he would have been picked first. Production was higher than Nolan Patrick. I’ve been complaining about Chias work lately but this is good.

russ99

LadiesloveSmid:
Big fan of this pick. Was scared Calgary would take him.

1 more year in Spokane and then AHL, ’98 birthday.

I was more scared with Vegas, three picks in the first lets you gamble with the third one.

doritogrande

Have to think that scouting their own player in Rasanen they would have watched a lot of Tolvanen this year. I guess they found some holes, otherwise you’d think they would have taken the bigger player instead of Yamamoto.

This pick was so blatantly projected by everyone to the Oilers. I think Chia has some leaks in his ship.

Don’t mind me

Chia can’t stop grinning, Oilers got who they wanted.

godot10

So some age effect inflating his point totals. But the numbers are big….

frjohnk

Im not too familar with this kid.

Very few players that are sub 5-10 go in the first round.

Last kid I can think of sub 5-10 to go in the first round from the WHL is Tyler Ennis.

is this kid similar?

Alpine

Great pick. Would have been happy with Tolvanen, but Yamamoto had top 10 skill in this draft. Chia should just only draft players.

LadiesloveSmid

Strikes me as a 2008 Eberle-esque pick. Skill to go higher without the size.

Ebs and guys like Gaudreau/Johnson make me a believer in little supremely skilled players. Now I gotta cheer for the US at the WJC

zatch

I move to nickname him The Admiral

LadiesloveSmid

godot10:
So some age effect inflating his point totals.But the numbers are big….

Same thing for Nolan Patrick.

Yamamoto did have good numbers last year as well

Diablo

LT – you nailed it!

Exciting pick – though he’s small he has high end offence. He’ll need a few years to mature and get stronger.

I had hoped for Thomas/Norris or one of the D Brannstrom/ Foote/Liljegren. Yamamoto was next on my list.

Be happy people, the Oilers do value analytics!

Professor Q

However I am a bit ticked that Winnipeg got Vesalainen.

Bow they have the two Fins, and Edmonton only one…

Professor Q

zatch:
I move to nickname him The Admiral

Hey, isn’t Edmonton’s ECHL team Norfolk? That works…

Surgeons Knot

Ruuudy! Ruuudy! Ruuudy!

Munny

Yamadabbadoo had highest upside of everyone left on the board. Also probably the biggest risk.

russ99

Professor Q:
However I am a bit ticked that Winnipeg got Vesalainen.

Bow they have the two Fins, and Edmonton only one…

I think a lot of that had to do the elite skill and the preferred one more CHL year, then 1-2 AHL years route, which better fits when we’ll need him.

Scungilli Slushy

Ughhhhhh.

Clay

From what I understand he’s a better skater than Eberle was in junior (read that somewhere) and he has a one-timer, although time will tell if it’ll translate to the Bigs.

Exciting player though. People think Chia is all about the moar biggar, but his draft record here and in Boston says differently.

Chris

The kid has all the skill he will need. Now we basically have to hope he grows 3-5 inches.

sliderule

He looks tiny

Really really tiny

Holy smokes ,

I hope they know what they are doing

Munny

Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC · 10s11 seconds ago

Brayden Schenn to STL for Lehtera, the 27th pick and a conditional first next year

StixMalone

Johnny Hockey 2.0 ?

jp

Chris:
The kid has all the skill he will need. Now we basically have to hope he grows 3-5 inches.

Or can put on 30 lbs without growing an inch taller…

Very impressive skill though.

Scungilli Slushy

Clay:
From what I understand he’s a better skater than Eberle was in junior (read that somewhere) and he has a one-timer, although time will tell if it’ll translate to the Bigs.

Exciting player though.People think Chia is all about the moar biggar, but his draft record here and in Boston says differently.

Chiarelli likes drive. I do to. Yama Pete says has it. He can motor which means he has a chance, maybe better than Lloyd Christmas.

He is also one of the most prolific goal scorers in the draft, and think that is the rub here. Only Suzuki and Tippet had more of those drafted on what look like stronger teams.

Acumen

This is definitely a huge risk. Pint sized and ’98 born. I would have taken Vesalainen, but Yamamoto and Tolvanen were 2a and 2b for me. Tremendous value at 22, and this could be a major steal.

RH shot, nice mitts, rocket boots, and a reported willingness to forecheck with a documented (YouTube highlights) willingness to go to the net. Could be a very good match for the 14 million dollar man.

Scungilli Slushy

jp: Or can put on 30 lbs without growing an inch taller…

Very impressive skill though.

Not athletically at that height, and he’s not growing taller anymore.

Munny

Elliotte Friedman‏Verified account @FriedgeHNIC · 52s53 seconds ago

Conditions on second pick from STL to PHI: top 10 protected, STL has option to push to 2019. If they do so, PHI also gets a third in 2020.

Pouzar

I’m no guru but I love this pick. We need skill in the pipeline bad and Killer has wheels.

Acumen

Only 4 months younger than Puljujarvi. Not saying it’s a detractor, just interesting. Our right side is gonna be very fast one day.

Gayfish

I don’t have a guy I wanted more since TO ruined the Lilijernejfgrin train.

Yamamoto is probably 3-4 years away. Needs to add lower body strength to compensate for his lack of size. Debrincat was much better last year, and he hung around to the second round, so I think that tells you something about this draft class. I guess he outpace Tyler Johnson at the same age. Thank god he shoots right.

I probably would have traded the pick this year.

russ99

Hahaha. They’re playing Nobody’s Fault But Mine before the Hawks pick.

Scungilli Slushy

I hope the Oilers have a long term outlook when drafting about the cap, but also about the state of the game and where it’s going. All businesses need to anticipate trends to be successful.

So, if the league is moving from large slower D to faster puck moving D, the solution is very quick aggressive forecheckers. That Yama can also seem to finish given the Oilers centres is a good plan.

Still I worry about how few players that size can do what this kid will need to do to be an actual help. He will not get taller, he probably can hit 175 or so. If he’s strong and strong on his skates it might work.

I hope he likes training.

Munny

Aww, fukkit, let’s do Round Two now.

Lucinius

Just pick already….

doritogrande

After all the hoopla, does LT even have this guy Chicago drafted on his list?

Android

Scungilli Slushy,

I would definitely say it’s ill-advised to assume he won’t grow any taller.
I know a number of people who are still growing at the age of 20-21.

Pouzar

I wonder if this pick was a tell on Foo’s intentions?

Munny

Pierre LeBrun‏Verified account
@PierreVLeBrun

Ryan Reaves has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not sure yet of the other trade details

Ducey

The age thing for the Admiral is not much of a factor.

99 pts in draft yr.
71 pts in draft -1
57 pts in draft -2

No doubt he will score. It’s just whether he can play some defense and not get killed

In fact it would seem he went right from Bantam to the WHL. No Midget ( ironically). Crazy.

JD_Wry

Android:
Scungilli Slushy,

I would definitely say it’s ill-advised to assume he won’t grow any taller.
I know a number of people who are still growingat the age of 20-21.

Quoted for truth. My best friend grew 3 inches after graduating grade 12.

Quote for caution. I grew 1 inch after grade 9.

Acumen

Tolvanen at 30. Man. Nashville is the new Detroit.

Ducey

JDI: Quoted for truth. My best friend grew 3 inches after graduating grade 12.

Quote for caution. I grew 1 inch after grade 9.

Dad looks pretty short.

trencan

It was good drafft for Finland, again… but next year doesnt look so strong for them….