EDMONTON, Alta. – With his contract officially over, Kailer Yamamoto is thrilled to be another complementary piece in a roster vying for the Oilers Cup.
“Honestly, I feel really good, happy that I did this,” Yamamoto told Brenden Escott today on Oilers Now on 630 CHED. “I’ve only been with this team and I really wanted to come back. It was a bit of an back and forth battle, but we ended up settling for one number. I told my agent that’s what I wanted, and we finally figured it out and it happened.”
Dollars aside, it made perfect sense for Yamamoto to lock himself into Blue & Orange for the foreseeable future. The winger is coming off a season where he posted a career-high 41 points (20G, 21A) while playing key minutes in a deep-seated Oilers forward group.
“I think we have a Cup contender, bringing those guys back (Kane and Kulak) and bringing in Campbell. I’ve been with the Oilers for, say, two years now and that’s by far the deepest depth we’ve ever had. had as an organization,” Yamamoto said. “I’m really excited for the season and hopefully we can bring a Cup back to Edmonton.”
Video: [email protected], Gm1: Yamamoto takes the rebound for the equality
Yamamoto won’t be the only one happy with his new contract. The 23-year-old is a popular linemate among Oilers players, in part due to his feisty attitude on the ice and willingness to do the “dirty work” despite his short stature.
“I love playing with these guys: Connor, Leon, Evander, Hyman and Nuge. There are so many phenomenal players you can play with and to them it means a lot,” Yamamoto said of being a companion. favorite trio. request. “At the end of the day, I have to play my game and do what I can to help the team win more games and hopefully make the playoffs again.”
The Spokane, Washington native strikes a balance between being able to play his own game, while complementing his teammates’ game. Yamamoto is just as good at shooting the puck as he is burying it, as evidenced by his nearly 50/50 split for assists on goal last season.
“You definitely know who you’re going to be playing with on the ice,” Yamamoto said of his complementary style of play. “You kind of know the tendencies (of your linemates) and try to play with that, but at the end of the day you’re just trying to play your own game. I’m pretty good at the things I do, and those guys are amazing at what i do. they do. i think the combination really works.
Video: [email protected], Gm1: Yamamoto redirects in equalizer on PP
Yamamoto will appear to be a key member of the Oilers’ playoff aspirations next season. The winger gave way to some of the team’s toughest playoff veterans in last year’s run, but still maintained his regular-season 0.5 ppg pace with seven points (2G, 5A) in 14 playoffs. projections.
As Yamamoto looks to take the next step in his career and the Oilers look to take the next step in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the whole team is more aware of how difficult it is to reach the pinnacle of hockey.
“How difficult it is,” Yamamoto said of what he learned about playoff hockey last season. “Going against Los Angeles and getting them to seven, playing Calgary and playing eventual Stanley Cup winners (Colorado) – it’s a battle, but I think we’ve learned to never give up and anything can happen. in a playoff.”
“Last year was a long year. I think it was the most games I’ve ever played in a full season for myself. It was tough and the injuries started coming, but we have to keep pushing,” he added. “Hopefully you get to the Stanley Cup Finals and lift it, so it’s worth it.”