Edmonton Oilers place Ryan McLeod and Kailer Yamamoto on IR

The Edmonton Oilers have placed center Ryan McLeod and wing Kailer Yamamoto on injured reserve.

Yamamoto’s placement is retroactive to Nov. 8, the last time he played in the NHL. Yamamoto has missed the last three weeks with an as yet undisclosed injury.

McLeod will also be added to IR after missing practice on Sunday. Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said McLeod suffered from bumps and bruises after Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers, but it appears the injury is worse than that.

While Yamamoto has struggled to produce at the NHL level throughout his career, he could be on a new level this season. Prior to his injury, he was yet to score a goal and had just three assists in 13 games with the Oilers this season.

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McLeod has done slightly better than Yamamoto, with three goals, five assists and eight points in 21 games this season. He appears to be on pace to improve on his rookie season, where he had nine goals, 12 assists and 21 points in 71 games. He also proved to be a strong defensive center early in his career.

As a result, the Oilers recalled winger Tyler Benson from his conditioning stint in the AHL, where he had two assists in three games with the Bakersfield Condors. He is yet to play an NHL game this season and had just one goal, one assist and two points in 29 games last season with the Oilers.

The Oilers also recalled winger James Hamblin from the AHL to help with recent injuries, and if he plays, it will be his NHL debut. He has three goals, six assists and nine points in 15 AHL games with the Condors so far this season.

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