SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto has been named as one of 40 players that will compete in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City. The annual showcase brings together the CHL’s top NHL Draft eligible players as selected by NHL clubs.
“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the highlights of the hockey season and a truly special experience for players from across the CHL,” said CHL President David Branch in a news release. “Since 1996 this event has annually featured the next wave of NHL talent showcasing their skills before hundreds of NHL scouts and General Managers. We look forward to January 30 with 40 of the top CHL players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft competing before the passionate hockey fans in Quebec City and to CHL fans across Canada watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”
A Mead High School student and third-year player for the Chiefs, Yamamoto was originally a fifth round selection by Spokane in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He has piqued the interest of NHL teams, earning an “A” rating in the NHL Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” list, indicating a potential first-round draft choice. In 26 games this season, he has piled up 41 points including 20 goals. He’s been held off the scoresheet just four times and has 14 multi-point games. In 151 career games, he has scored 62 goals and 107 assists for 169 points, including 16 game-winning goals.
In the 21 years of the annual event, the Top Prospects Game has highlighted 293 players chosen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, including 13 players selected with the first overall pick. Last year’s game featured 12 WHL players, including four first round choices. This year, Yamamoto is one of 15 WHL prospects looking to impress.
Yamamoto is the 13th Chief to be named to the game and first since Jared Cowen and Levko Koper in 2009. Four Chiefs participants went on to become first round NHL Draft selections: Cowen, Michael Grabner, Ty Jones and Brad Ference.
The Chiefs return home for their final game before the holiday break as they’ll face the Prince George Cougars at Spokane Arena on Saturday, December 17. It will be Fred Meyer Calendar Giveaway Night as the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a 2017 Spokane Chiefs wall calendar courtesy of Fred Meyer.