2017 NHL Entry Draft

Kailer Yamamoto

KAILER YAMAMOTOUSA

EDMONTON • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 22

 

Previous Team: Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 23

Vital Statistics

Position: RW • Height: 5-7½ • Weight: 147 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Sept. 29, 1998 • Hometown: Mead, Washington

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous; Los Angeles Jr. Kings (Calif. Bantam AAA); U.S. NTDP U17
First NHL Contract: Signed Aug. 10, 2017
WHL Bantam Draft: 2013 by Spokane (Round 5, No. 105 overall)
WHL Debut: Sept. 20, 2014 (Spokane at Tri-City)
First WHL Goal: Oct. 22, 2014 (Spokane at Everett)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He's an opportunistic player. You don't notice him, but then he's got three points on the night. He's not overly physical. he gets to the quiet areas. The question is, will he be a top-line forward all the time." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Huge engine in small body. Very smart, high hockey IQ, excellent puck skills and speed. Can change the game in a positive way very quickly. Overall, really like his game and composure. Hard to teach that offensive skill set." (Milan Dragicevic, ISS Scout)

• "He doesn’t get bounced around in junior. He should be able to play on the power play. I don’t think his play away from the puck is a problem -- he’s smart. Guys like that, they’re always coachable. I think he’ll defend fine." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "An electric player with dynamic offensive ability, easily some of highest skill of any forward I watched this year. He’s just so small and at times took some big contact when I was viewing him. Love his aggressive nature and how he attacks puck carries from all angles." (Andy Levangie, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Leaves his mark in all three zones with great work ethic. A real speedster with a low centre of gravity that enables him to gain leverage despite lack of size. Shows excellent acceleration with a quick first step. Has tremendous hands and is a great stickhandler, especially around the net in tight spaces." (Red Line Report)