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2017 first-rounder registered a goal and assist in Calgary and held his own against incumbent defenders

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan liked 2017 first-rounder (22nd-overall) Kailer Yamamoto's game in Calgary on Monday night.

"He looked like he performed very well," McLellan said on Tuesday. "He was very capable of handling his size in Calgary's building. He had very good anticipation skills and he seemed to pick concepts up."

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Yamamoto ended the night with two points (1G, 1A) and two shots on goal in 15:45 minutes played. He got a look on a powerful first-unit power play, which featured the likes of Leon Draisaitl, Oscar Klefbom, Milan Lucic and Drake Caggiula.

"The coaches mentioned they only had to tell him once or twice on how to adjust to things and he was able to do that," McLellan said.

"It was a really good first showing but that's just what that is: a first audition. He'll get an opportunity to play many more games and we'll see where he goes."

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