Oilers sign promising young forward Kailer Yamamoto to one-year extension

Oilers come to terms with Yamamoto.

Kailer Yamamoto
May 19, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto (56) tries to move the puck around Winnipeg Jets defensemen Josh Morrissey (44) during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Kailer Yamamoto to a one-year, $1.175 million extension for the 2021-22 season, the team announced Saturday.

Yamamoto, who turns 23 on Sept. 29, contributed eight goals and 13 assists in 52 games in 2020-21, his fourth season with the Oilers.

He led Edmonton forwards in blocked shots (40) and finished third in takeaways (32) and sixth in hits (52).

Yamamoto struggled offensively but was sometimes used as the defensive conscience on a line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

The Spokane, Wash., native has 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 105 games since the Oilers selected him in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2017 draft.

–Field Level Media