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Sports Sometime sooner rather than later Kailer Yamamoto will impact the Edmonton Oilers roster: 9 Things

10:50  27 october  2019
10:50  27 october  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Edmonton Oiler rookie Kailer Yamamoto skates during the Oilers rookie training camp at Rogers Some game notes on the Panthers and much more Oilers awaits you in this week’s edition of… 9 Things . 9. This time last year the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators had the most wins in

Yamamoto surprised everybody by earning a roster spot and appearing in nine NHL games before being returned to the Spokane Chiefs to After being drafted 22nd overall at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Kailer Yamamoto has arguably been one of the most followed players in the Oilers ’ prospect pool.

Edmonton Oiler rookie Kailer Yamamoto skates during the Oilers rookie training camp at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday September 7, 2018. Edmonton Oiler rookie Kailer Yamamoto skates during the Oilers rookie training camp at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday September 7, 2018.

A week ago, in this space I marveled how the Oilers had started the season.

Well…it’s 7 days later and here we are still atop the Pacific Division and now tied with Colorado in the West.

Where they’ll sit after this afternoon’s Florida game remains to be seen.

Some game notes on the Panthers and much more Oilers awaits you in this week’s edition of…

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After yesterday’s on ice session, Kailer Yamamoto spoke to the media a little bit about where he’s at, his After getting nine games with the Oilers last season, Yamamoto was asked what he learned in that time . Yamamoto is an interesting prospect. He senses things at a high level and showed in

Kailer Yamamoto (born September 29, 1998) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for 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.

9 Things

9. This time last year the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators had the most wins in the NHL (8) and 16 points each. The Edmonton Oilers go into action today with 8 wins as well, and 1 more point (17).

8. Leon Draisaitl is second only to Alexander Ovechkin in total scoring chances so far this season (53 to 57). And Ovi has played 2 more games that Draisaitl. Leon also has played more minutes (23:59/game) than any non-D-man in the league.

7. The Oilers 2019 2 nd Round draft choice is also off to a spectacular start. Raphael Lavoie’s Halifax Mooseheads are just 7-7 so far on the year but Lavoie has 10 goals and 24 points in those 14 games. He’s just the kind of right-shot Center that the club so obviously needs.

6. But they don’t always pan out, do they? Magnus Paajarvi was the 10 th overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. His 15 goals for the Oilers in 2010-11 were so tantalizing as was his breathtaking speed. Alas, he never scored 15 again and 467 NHL games and 4 franchises later Paajarvi has signed with Lokomotive of the KHL. To my eye Paajarvi was a significantly better player than his boxcars (62-62-124) ultimately suggested.

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I think patience is the proper play for the Oilers but with Peter Chiarelli possibly in “save his job mode” a deal may happen sooner rather than later if the club starts slow. Yamamoto the odd man out? Sep 23, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto (56)

Yamamoto started with the Oilers and was likely kept with the big club too long. I fully expect Caleb Jones to be on the Oil roster opening night. They will need to move out some higher priced D to One thing Holland won’t do is rush these players into the NHL so the Oiler fans have to be patient as for

5. I sure enjoyed the Heritage Classic Saturday in Regina. There was never any question that Saskatchewan would put on a great show. I still own my “Saskatchewan’s Got the Blues” hat from when Bill Hunter came oh-so-close to securing the St. Louis franchise for Saskatoon in 1983. My late father was one of many who spoke for season’s tickets. When I interviewed Mr. Hunter some 19 years later, he admitted that the failure to convince the NHL Board of Governors was one of his very few regrets in life. Hunter died in 2002. He was an original.

4. There is no question that so far this season the Edmonton Oilers goaltending is much improved. Credit where credit is due for both Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith . But the fact of the matter is the Oilers are playing better defence in all 3 zones. And that is resulting in few chances against. The Oilers averaged 53 chances allowed in 2018-19. So far this season that number is down to 44.5. That’s helping both men. Will Smith’s .925 SV% be sustainable? His career best was .930 for a stingy Phoenix club in 2011-12. His career average is .912. His previous 5 season average is .910.

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PDO. SO. Edmonton Oilers . 27.2. Roster . Age is on February 1 of given season. Kailer Yamamoto . 20. RW.

Kailer Yamamoto . Edmonton Oilers . Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com. It is important to note that his line has been far less effective without him and really speaks to the impact that he has made. June 2018 – After a brief nine game stint with the Oilers to start the season, Yamamoto was returned to

3. When Riley Sheahan was signed with the Oilers I went on the record at that time as saying that Sheahan was an excellent 4 th Line NHL Center. I was very pleased with the acquisition and still am. But it’s a bit like watching the Mark Letestu movie all over again. They’re just asking him to do too much. How long before Ken Holland tries to bring in a real 3C? Think a Jean-Gabriel Pageau in Ottawa. Or St. Albert native Tyson Jost in Colorado. The Pageau contract would be dear for the cap-strapped Oilers (cap hit of $3.1m). The Jost deal? The pending RFA currently carries an $885k hit. The Avalanche will have 6 RFA’s next Summer including Jost.

2. I was mildly surprised that Gaetan Haas was the Oilers call-up after Josh Archibald went down with a broken foot. If the idea was for him to adapt better to the North American game, then will the 2 games he ultimately played in Bakersfield make enough of a difference? I’ve heard from a lot of people worried that Haas may go back to Europe if his stay in the AHL dragged on. But if Haas can’t adapt to how fast things happen here and the physicality then what’s the big risk? Don’t get me wrong…I want Haas to succeed. Ultimately though…we’re seeing the players who nearly made the club out of camp get the first shots at the big club. And in an “earn it” atmosphere like Dave Tippett and Ken Holland’s teams it’s difficult to argue with that.

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Oilersnation is a fan site with no direct affiliation to the Edmonton Oilers The young winger emerged as a bona fide NHL prospect in time to call his shot, and the depth chart will impact things . Will the Oilers make a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights? I keep staring at the Florida Panthers roster and

With minimal changes to the roster , it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the For the high end of things , I tried to be realistic yet optimistic. Of course, it’s POSSIBLE for

1.I would not have been surprised if Kailer Yamamoto had received the call instead. The Oilers need Bottom-6 scoring and Yamamoto is also a good penalty killer. I think Dave Tippett likely needed a Center and so that was the deciding factor. A lot of people think Yamamoto should spend the entire year In Bakersfield. And if he’s not ready I actually don’t disagree. But these plans are rarely static. There isn’t a calendar you can check or a watch you can set for prospect development. When they’re ready…they’re ready. And there’s a fine line between development and disenchantment. If he’s ready and doesn’t get the call then that can erode the very confidence you were trying to foster.

In addition to being the Condors best player so far Yamamoto is also not an 18-year old kid who should really be in junior. He’s 21. He has already played 26 NHL games. And while Yamamoto was certainly not as productive as you’d have hoped (1-4-5) in those opportunities he had no problem with the pace. But Yamamoto also only shot at 2.8% despite averaging 1.39 shots/game. And his defensive game was poised.

For all of those reasons I expect Kailer Yamamoto to be up with the Oilers this season and perhaps sooner than many may have forecast….or would like. But the big club needs  more skill. And Yamamoto has it.

Just remember: It’s not an organizational failure if he earns the recall.

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