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Oilers assign Kailer Yamamoto to Spokane

Chiarelli and Co. do the right thing, probably.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
Like his dream of staying with the Oilers, this puck is just out of Kailer Yamamoto’s reach.
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned 2017 first round pick Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.

The young forward tallied a line of 0-3-3 in 9 GP, and will almost certainly benefit from another season of dominating the WHL. While he has some work to do to hit the heights of his 99 point campaign from a year ago, the Oilers’ prospect should be one of the WHL’s dominant scorers moving forward.

This move also prevents the first year of Kailer Yamamoto’s ELC from kicking in, which should provide the Oilers with some serious value in the future when the cap crunch comes. Of course, it can be argued that this move makes the first team worse today, but we all know whose fault that is. (HINT: It’s Chiarelli’s.)

The Oilers have called up Brad Malone from the Bakersfield Condors to take Yamamoto’s roster spot with the big club. It should be somewhat concerning to literally everyone that Puljujarvi isn’t the first man to be called up, but it is what it is.