The Edmonton Oilers dominated in their preseason opener against the Calgary Flames, and Kailer Yamamoto was one of quite a few that shined bright.
Edmonton’s 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft racked up a goal and assist in his preseason debut, and also played an outstanding overall game. He was solid at both ends of the rink, showed great speed and hands and also took good care of the puck. With his overall skill-set and ability, he has the potential to be one of the first-round steals of this draft, and a potential candidate for a roster spot.
In 65 games with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs last season, the 18-year-old winger had 42 goals and 99 points and was a plus-14. Not only that, he finished among the league’s highest scorers, and if he were just a bit bigger, he could have been taken much earlier in the draft, even in the top-10.