Chiefs’ Yamamoto signs ELC with Oilers

Larry Brunt


The Edmonton Oilers officially added another exciting young forward to their arsenal, Thursday, after signing Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto to a three-year entry level contract.

Yamamoto, who was the Oilers’ first round pick, 22nd overall at the 2017 NHL Draft, was the Chiefs’ leading scorer in every offensive category last season, posting 99 points (42 goals, 57 assists) in 65 games.

The performance was enough to earn the 5-foot-9, 160-pound winger a spot on the WHL Western Conference 2nd All-Star team.

Yamamoto, 18, was acquired by the Chiefs in the fifth round, 105th overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

A year later he joined the team as a 16-year-old, posting 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 68 games in his rookie season.

In 190 career games with the Chiefs, Yamamoto has notched 227 points, including 84 goals and 143 assists.

The Spokane, Wash. product has also represented his country on the international stage numerous times, most recently at the 2016 U18 World Championship, where he finished third in tournament scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in seven games to help Team USA to a bronze medal finish.

He also donned the red, white and blue at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. earlier this month.


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