September 29, 1998|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
22nd overall, 2017|
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.
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. In his rookie season with the Chiefs, in 2014–15, he posted 23 goals and 57 points in 68 games. He was a top scorer at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for Team USA.
Yamamoto was one of three WHL players invited to participate in the 2016 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. 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. 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.
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.
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.
His paternal grandfather is Japanese and his maternal grandmother is Native Hawaiian. Yamamoto and his brother, Keanu, were taught skating by Tyler Johnson's mother and would later train with Johnson in his offseason.
Regular season and playoffs
|2013–14||Los Angeles Jr. Kings||T1EHL||34||17||23||40||14||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|West Second All-Star Team||2017|||
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- "Oilers take long view on Kailer Yamamoto, send him back to major junior". Edmonton Journal. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
- Kennedy, Ryan. "THE NEXT JOHNNY GAUDREAU? MEET KAILER YAMAMOTO". The Hockey News. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- The Next Johnny Gaudreau? Meet Kailer Yamamoto The Hockey News, August 4, 2016
- Horton, Josh. "Spokane's Kailer and Keanu Yamamoto forge lasting bond through hockey". The Spokesman Review. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- Kailer Yamamoto career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Kailer Yamamoto career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick