The reality is the 21-year-old Yamamoto has actually just played in a few games for Edmonton this season and 26 over the previous two projects with the Oilers."They're 2 unbelievable players so any time you can get by you clearly desire to stick and do anything you can to stick," Yamamoto stated on Monday ahead of Edmonton's game versus the Maple Leafs. Yamamoto has a goal and a help with a plus-3 score in three games this season heading into Monday's matchup in Toronto."I believe a lot of credit is due to Yamamoto," McDavid stated. Yamamoto has 8 goals and eight helps in 23 games with Bakersfield, where he leads the group with three game-winning objectives. Oilers down Atlantic division leader Bruins:

Zack Kassian set up Connor McDavid for a gorgeous objective in Edmonton's 4-1 win over the Bruins. 1:02

Tippett's choice to split up Draisaitl and Connor McDavid-- who have nearly similar stat lines atop the NHL's scoring race-- has actually made Edmonton a tougher match defensively. McDavid, who is now on a line with James Neal and Zack Kassian, points to Yamamoto's arrival as the turning point, given that it offered Tippett more depth to work with.

"I believe a lot of credit is because of Yamamoto," McDavid said. "I believe he's come up and actually provided some energy for our group and he's played really well so I think a lot of credit is due to him."

Even as he's making an impact in the NHL, Yamamoto might have one last minor-league appearance ahead of him after he was called to the AHL's All-Star Classic on Jan. 26 and 27. Yamamoto has eight objectives and eight helps in 23 video games with Bakersfield, where he leads the group with three game-winning goals. His 4 power-play objectives likewise lead the team.