2 Oilers Depth Players Making Great Cases To Be Re-Signed

The Edmonton Oilers have been on a fun playoff run that isn't over quite yet. While the top players have carried the team as they typically do, the Oilers' depth has stepped up in the playoffs at the right times. A number of players are playing for contracts next season and there are two UFAs that have specifically made great cases to be re-signed by Edmonton if they want to stick around.

Both Connor Brown and Matthias Janmark have had great playoffs and come in clutch at the right times. Offensive contributions aside, both have been stellar on the penalty kill, both killing penalties and producing a bit of offense.

Whether it be on the third or fourth line this playoffs, their speed and ability to hunt down pucks has helped a ton in breaking up plays and forcing less time to make plays for the other teams. Janmark has scored three goals and six points in 22 games while Brown has one goal and five points in 16 games on this Stanley Cup Final run.

Janmark was signed to a one-year, $1 million AAV deal and Brown was brought in after missing almost the entirety of last season at $775,000 AAV with a $3.25 million AAV performance bonus. After Brown had a tough start offensively as it's tough to get back up to speed in the NHL after missing so much time, he ended the season with four goals and 12 points. The performance bonus that will be on the books next season may just be worth it if the Oilers can pull off a comeback in the final.

Janmark only produced four goals and 12 points in the regular season as well, but as Brown has, his game has been taken to a whole new level.

I expect both to be looking for over $1 million AAV each, even with Brown's performance bonus. The playoff performances just back both of their cases as that is the type of penalty killing and depth any contender needs. If the price isn't too high and the Oilers find a way to clear up some space elsewhere, it is an easy decision for them to re-sign both Janmark and Brown.

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