Yamamoto (wrist) underwent successful wrist surgery Thursday. Yamamoto will miss the remainder of AHL Edmonton's postseason run, but it seems that he'll be ready for the Oilers' training camp in September. The Washington native logged 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) over 27 games in the minors and remains one of the Oilers' top offensive prospects heading into the 2019-20 season.
Yamamoto was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday, Jonathan Willis The Athletic reports. Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson announced the firing of GM Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, with Yamamoto and Ryan Spooner being the first forwards to get demoted in the wake of the breaking news. Yamamoto has produced only two points in 17 games at hockey's highest level this season. Still, despite Yamamoto moving back to the AHL, we can't see Edmonton completely cutting its losses on the first-round (22nd overall) pick from 2017. After all, he's only in the first year of a three-year, entry-level contract with the club.
Yamamoto -- who was making his return to the lineup following eight games on the shelf with an upper-body injury -- failed to write his name on the scoresheet versus Vancouver on Wednesday. Yamamoto logged just 11:36 of ice time, but did get a look on the power play for 1:09. Considering the winger failed to register a single shot on goal and tallied just two hits, it's hard to imagine he will continue playing with the man advantage long term. Between injuries and time spent in the minors, the 20-year-old hasn't notched an NHL point since Oct. 25.
Yamamoto (upper body) will rejoin the lineup versus Vancouver on Wednesday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. In order to create room to activate Yamamoto off injured reserve, the Oilers will need to make a corresponding move; likely in the form of placing Alex Petrovic (concussion) on retroactive injured reserve. Despite having played in just two games since the end of October, the 20-year-old Yamamoto is slated for a second-line role and could see time on the power play as well.
Yamamoto (upper body) is slated to come off injured reserve for Wednesday's road game against the Canucks, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports. Yamamoto hasn't played since Dec. 29 -- a span of eight games. The 20-year-old winger is capable of working on the power play, but since he doesn't get rink run with all-world pivot Connor McDavid, his offensive upside is capped. Yamamoto has generated just two points through 13 games this season.
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