Oilers sign Keller Yamamoto to two-year, $6.2 million contract extension, avoid arbitration

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The Edmonton Oilers have avoided arbitration with right winger Keller Yamamoto. Edmonton and Yamamoto have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $6.2 million. The team announced Wednesday..

Yamamoto, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, just completed his fifth season with the Oilers. After becoming an NHL regular in the shortened 2020-21 campaign, Yamamoto is coming off a breakout season in 2021-22.

The 23-year-old winger had 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points in 81 games played, all of which were career highs for Yamamoto. It helps that Yamamoto saw an expanding role and spent significant time on a line with players like Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Over the next two seasons, Yamamoto will be expected to continue to develop around Edmonton’s top-tier talent.

In the Oilers’ run to the Western Conference Finals, Yamamoto scored two goals and added five assists in 14 games played. He suffered a concussion in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche, forcing him to miss the team’s final two playoff games.

Spokane, Wash. A native of, Yamamoto played in 186 games with the Oilers, and totaled 40 goals and 93 points. In his 22 playoff games, Yamamoto had a pair of goals and six assists.

Now with Yamamoto signed for the next two years, 22-year-old winger Ryan McLeod is the Oilers’ only remaining free agent.