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Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan wants to utilize skaters who can anticipate the play while penalty killing, including Kailer Yamamoto

by Paul Gazzola /

"Your players with some of the best anticipation skills are often your best penalty killers," Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said Tuesday. 

McLellan was referring to rookie winger Kailer Yamamoto, who was taking reps with the penalty kill units Tuesday in practice.

"They can read, they can react and he (Yamamoto) certainly has that," McLellan continued.

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In the exhibition season, the Oilers are 27-for-36 on the penalty kill, which equates to 75 percent. They've averaged six penalties per game and McLellan believes Yamamoto could provide some help shorthanded.

"Our penalty kill hasn't been particularly good throughout the exhibition season - way too many opportunities - but when he's on the ice he's been particularly effective," McLellan said.

"We're trying to find out about him and we'll keep doing that for another week."

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