Kailer Yamamoto

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Kailer Yamamoto
Born (1998-09-29) September 29, 1998 (age 19)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Edmonton Oilers
Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2017
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2017–present

Kailer Yamamoto (born September 29, 1998) is an American junior ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League (WHL) as a prospect of the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first-round, 22nd overall by the Oilers in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Yamamoto started his career with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. Yamamoto had racked up 40 points in only 34 games. He would then go on to play in the Western Hockey League.

Yamamoto was selected in the first round, 10th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by his hometown team, the Spokane Chiefs.[1] In his rookie season with the Chiefs, in 2014–15, he posted 23 goals and 57 points in 68 games.[2] He was a top scorer at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for Team USA.

Minor[edit]

Yamamoto was one of three WHL players invited to participate in the 2016 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.[3] During the 2016–17 season, Yamamoto was named WHL Player of the Week week ending October 30, 2016 for registering seven points in four games.[4] He was named to the 2016–17 Western Conference Second All-Star Team after ranking 6th overall in scoring with 42 goals and 57 assists for 99 points.[5]

Professional[edit]

On June 23, 2017, Yamamoto was drafted in the 1st round, 22nd overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He has drawn comparisons to the Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, particularly due to their similarity in size and play style.[6]

After an impressive training camp with the Oilers, Yamamoto surprisingly made the opening night roster for the 2017–18 season. He made his regular season debut in October 4, 2017 against the Calgary Flames in a 3–0 win, and made his first career point, an assist, on October 14 on an Adam Larsson goal against the Ottawa Senators. After playing his ninth game with the Oilers and recording 3 assists, Yamamoto was returned to Spokane continue his development at the major junior level on November 6, 2017.[7]

International play[edit]

At the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Yamamoto scored 13 points in 7 games, including 7 goals, helping Team USA win bronze.[8]

Yamamoto was selected to the Team America's under-20 team for the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, winning bronze.

Personal life[edit]

His paternal grandfather is Japanese and his maternal grandmother is Native Hawaiian.[9] Yamamoto and his brother, Keanu, were taught skating by Tyler Johnson's mother and would later train with Johnson in his offseason.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Los Angeles Jr. Kings T1EHL 34 17 23 40 14
2014–15 Spokane Chiefs WHL 68 23 34 57 50 6 2 3 5 6
2015–16 Spokane Chiefs WHL 57 19 52 71 34 6 1 4 5 10
2016–17 Spokane Chiefs WHL 65 42 57 99 46
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 9 0 3 3 2
2017–18 Spokane Chiefs WHL 40 21 43 64 18 7 1 3 4 6
NHL totals 9 0 3 3 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 3 6 2
2015 United States IH18 5th 4 4 3 7 14
2016 United States WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 7 6 13 12
2018 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 2 2 4 4
Junior totals 24 16 14 30 32

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 2017 [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart, Hannah. "Five things to know about 2017 Draft prospect Kailer Yamamoto". Today Slap Shot. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Landvogt, Chapin. "(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Kailer Yamamoto, USA". Hockeys Future. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  3. ^ .com, kxly. "Chiefs' Yamamoto named to All-American Prospects Game". kxly. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  4. ^ HOCKEY LEAGUE, WESTERN. "Chiefs' forward Kailer Yamamoto named WHL Player of the Week". WHL. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Chiefs, Spokane. "Kailer Yamamoto named to WHL 2nd All-Star team". khq. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Is Yamamoto the next Gaudreau?". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Oilers take long view on Kailer Yamamoto, send him back to major junior". Edmonton Journal. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  8. ^ Kennedy, Ryan. "THE NEXT JOHNNY GAUDREAU? MEET KAILER YAMAMOTO". The Hockey News. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  9. ^ The Next Johnny Gaudreau? Meet Kailer Yamamoto The Hockey News, August 4, 2016
  10. ^ Horton, Josh. "Spokane's Kailer and Keanu Yamamoto forge lasting bond through hockey". The Spokesman Review. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jesse Puljujärvi
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2017
Succeeded by
Evan Bouchard