Kailer Yamamoto is definitely making a strong case for a longer look with the Edmonton Oilers. Yamamoto and Iiro Pakarinen both had two goals as the Oilers emerged with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Drafted 22nd overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Yamamoto has four goals and an assist in three pre-season games.
The Vancouver Canucks cut 10 players from their pre-season roster on Saturday, including defenceman Jordan Subban. Joining Subban on the trip back to the Utica Comets are Michael Carcone, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Evan McEneny, Zack MacEwen, Griffin Molino and Ashton Sautner. Three other players cut — Alexis D’Aoust, Aaron Irving and Brett McKenzie — will attend the Comets training camp.
The Chinese men’s hockey program has grand ambitions for the 2022 Winter Olympics but, before the hockey world gets too excited over the emergence of this new world power, let’s go back 20 years for a cautionary tale. In the mid-’90s, Japan boasted a lot of the same conditions which are currently found in China. The economy was booming. Interest in hockey was growing. The 1998 Winter Olympics were set for Nagano and with money pouring into the men’s national team, those Games were seen as the springboard which would launch the game in the Asian country. And it never happened. Why? “Unfortunately the economic crisis (in Japan) started right after,” says IIHF president Rene Fasel. “We couldn’t