Kailer yamamoto is one of many former first-round picks who did not sign a contract when their entry-level contract expired.
The No.22 pick in the 2017 draft has firmly established himself as a regular NHL player with the Edmonton Oilers over the past two years, but the team doesn’t seem ready to give him a long-term contract. .
According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Sun, the most likely route for Edmonton and Yamamoto is a short-term bridge deal…
The futures negotiation with Kailer Yamamoto has as much to do with the Edmonton Oilers’ tight salary cap that the jury is still out on where exactly the young winger fits in the bigger picture.
As Matheson says, the Oilers are in a tight salary cap situation, so offering Yamamoto a long-term deal with a higher annual salary won’t work for the team just yet. Additionally, Yamamoto has no arbitration rights and he just finished a season in which he scored just 21 points in 52 games, so he doesn’t have much influence.
A pair of comparables for Yamamoto would be Max Comtois and Filip Chytl.
Chytil has 71 points in 186 NHL games and signed a two-year contract worth $ 2,300,000 a year in July. Comtois has 51 points in 94 games and signed a two-year contract worth $ 2,037,500 shortly thereafter. Yamamoto, for comparison, has 52 points in 105 games, a better points-per-game pace than Chytl and about equal pace to Comtois.
The Oilers would surely like Yamamoto to sign a cheap two-year contract, but, if he ends up signing a one-year contract, the team may have to decide between him and his fellow right-winger. Jesse puljujarvi next summer. Both players would be restricted free agents in this case and the team cap situation doesn’t get any easier.