EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto is just beginning his first NHL camp. It's far too early for even first impressions of the dynamic 18-year-old winger, but Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan delivered some thoughts on his rookie.
"I don't know if it's fair yet to even evaluate, because I think Yamamoto is the type of player that when the games start and he gets involved with some good, heady players who think like he does I think that's where he's going to be very dangerous," McLellan said.
At 5-foot-8, size is always going to be the question with Yamamoto, says McLellan.
"Players of that stature are always questioned that way but some of them perform extremely well, based on their size. They find ways to be involved in the game, but yet manage their weaknesses and play to their strengths.
"I think we need to give this young man some time, we've got to give him some breathing room, let him feel his way through. I'm guessing he's nervous, like any first-year player or even second-year player for that matter. He'll begin to feel more comfortable and we'll see some good games out of him."