Potential Drafting Targets, Kailer Yamamoto

Over the next few days, Josh will be directing attention away from the Flyers, who are a bit painful to watch, by looking at potential draft targets for the Flyers this season. 

Read up on other potential Flyers draft targets:

Martin Necas

Nikita Popugaev

Coming in at #3 on the list is a dynamic draft hopeful who’s only fault is that his head is too close to the ground. At 5″8, 158 pounds, Kailer is far from an imposing force, but he is stellar in every other aspect of the game. He was a point-per-game player last season and so far this year in the Western Hockey League, his rookie season coming only eleven points shy of the mark.

Yamamoto plays for his hometown club, the Spokane Chiefs, with his older brother Keanu. It seems likely that Yamamoto will be a low first round pick, falling somewhere in the 15-25 range, which is likely where the Flyers will make their selection. Ron Hextall hasn’t had a problem with undersized players, trading up to draft Travis Konecny in the first round two seasons ago. Hextall addressed two-way play and size last season, and is to be determined what he will focus on in this draft.

Kailer and his brother have a great role model to look up to, as fellow Spokane native Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning is also a very undersized player, but didn’t have the fortune of being drafted. Tyler worked out with the Yamamoto brothers over the summer, and had nothing but positive things to say about the undersized siblings. He will draw comparisons to Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Johnson, but that will be the comparison with any skilled forward under 5″10. Kailer projects to be a top-six winger that is capable of playing center, a lot like his work out buddy Johnson.

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