Picking late in the first round is something new for the Edmonton Oilers, who selected 22nd overall this past June. The last time their first pick came that late in the opening round was when they also selected 22nd overall back in 2008. Back then they drafted Jordan Eberle and this year Peter Chiarelli selected Kailer Yamamoto from the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League.
Chiarelli wasted very little time in locking up his top pick as the Oilers and Yamamoto agreed to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday.
The 5’8, 153-pound scored 42 goals and 99 points in 65 games for Spokane last year. He has 84 goals and 227 points in 190 career WHL regular season games to go along with three goals and seven assists in 12 postseason contests.
Yamamoto is expected to play in the WHL this season and after his performance at the recent World Junior Summer Showcase he has a good shot a playing for Team USA at the WJC.