The Edmonton Oilers have signed Kailer Yamamoto to a one-year contract. $1.175M. #Oilers— Tony Brar (@TonyBrarOTV) September 18, 2021
The Oilers and Kailer Yamamoto have agreed to a deal with just days left until training camp opens for the 2021-22 NHL season. The deal is valued at 1.175MM. For a one year deal, that’s a perfectly reasonable number.
Yamamoto burst onto the scene during the 2019-20 season when he was teamed up with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl on a line nicknamed “The DRY Line”. He scored at nearly a point per game pace from the time he was called up until the end of the season in 2019-20, scoring 26 points (11-15-26) in 27 games played. Yamamoto would score just 21 points in 52 games during the shortened 2020-21 season. Now armed with a one year deal, he’ll no doubt be looking to lift those numbers as he heads into 2021-22.
Yamamoto is the second best right wing on this club heading into training camp, and he ought to start on the second line when the season opens in just under a month. The Oilers might try to get crafty and put Zack Kassian on the second line to see if they can jump start Kassian If they do, it ought to be a short-lived affair.
Yamamoto’s one year deal will make him arbitration eligible at the end of the season. It will be interesting to see how Ken Holland is able to manoeuvre the cap around both Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujärvi’s upcoming contracts, as cap space will once again be in short order barring any major moves.