With Yamamoto signed, Edmonton Oilers have achieved an unusual milestone

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The 5 Edmonton Oilers first round draft choices from 2014-18 celebrate a goal vs. Calgary Flames. From left: Leon Draisaitl (face hidden), Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Evan Bouchard and Connor McDavid. Photo by Codie McLachlan /Getty Images Article content

Slowly and methodically, Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland has taken care of off-season business in a timely fashion in recent weeks.

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  • First came a flurry of activity on the the first day of free agency, when internal free agents Evander Kane and Brett Kulak were re-signed to 4-year extensions and new starting goaltender Jack Campbell to a brand new 5-year deal within a few hours of the market opening on July 13.
  • As the club’s Summer Development Camp wound down, Holland inked 2022 first-round draft choice Reid Schaefer to a 3-year Entry Level Contract that likely won’t kick in until 2023.
  • Then within 72 hours of their looming arbitration hearings, Holland signed first Jesse Puljujarvi, then Kailer Yamamoto, to bridge contracts: 1 year at $3.0 million for Puljujarvi, 2 years at $3.1 for Yamamoto. (Pretty close to the $3.0 million predicted here for each.) The club will retain RFA rights on both players when those new pacts expire.
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