NHL’s Edmonton Oilers assign Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs

Kailer Yamamoto battles Detroit’s Xavier Ouellet (61) for the puck during Sunday’s night game in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers announced Monday that Yamamoto would return to the Spokane Chiefs. (Jason Franson / AP)

Kailer Yamamoto is headed back to the Spokane Chiefs.

The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday that the rookie forward was assigned to the Chiefs, and will be available for Spokane’s next game, at Lethbridge on Friday.

Yamamoto, 19, appeared in nine games with the Oilers, picking up three assists, 21 shots and two penalty minutes. He recorded his first NHL point against the Ottawa Senators on October 14.

The 5-foot-8, 154-pound forward had a stellar preseason with Edmonton, scoring five goals and two assists in six exhibition games.

A first-round pick (22nd overall) by Edmonton in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Yamamoto will return for his fourth season with the Chiefs after a dynamic 2016-17 campaign in which he scored 42 goals and 99 points. The Spokane native has 227 points, including 84 goals, in 190 career WHL games.