KAILER YA­MAMOTO

Ya­mamoto has al­ready had a sto­rybook sea­son, go­ing from the draft to the NHL. Now he’s look­ing to add a WJC chap­ter

The Hockey News - - WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP - BY JA­SON BUCK­LAND

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This was ex­pected for the new­est Oiler, an au­di­ence first with the frantche­is­feu’stum­reo,stth­hoaul­glo­hwhe­dreni­asmwe­he­o­r­feyYeamr­sap­maost,olawtenr twoiftfh­sc­itr­sipgtr.eNaotem­staht­toepreth­foart hfiersst tnoeoedd oant lyea5s-tfaoolitt-t8le, wmeoirgehseedasju­os­ntin1g5b4apck­ouin dthse, aWnHd Lw, Yaasm­parme­soutmo ew­den­tot ahead and made Ed­mon­ton’s reg­u­lar sea­son ros­ter, any­way.

A few weeks into the sea­son, the Oil­ers trav­elled to Pitts­burgh. Across the ice from Ya­mamoto in­side the Pen­guins’ PPG Paints Arena was Sid­ney Crosby, his child­hood idol and hero.

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Ya­mamoto starred for the U.S. at the World Ju­nior

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