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Oilers sign Mattias Janmark to a one-year contract with $1.25 million AAV

Early Sunday morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced via their social media channels that the team has signed (F) Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

After spending the first four years of his NHL career in Dallas, the 29-year-old native of Danderyd, Sweden, played a year in Chicago before setting in Vegas for the last two. Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (79th overall), Janmark has carved out a bottom-six career for himself and should be able to help at either centre or on the wing. His best season came with the Stars back in 2017-18 when he scored 19 goals and added 15 assists, which has me hoping that he’ll be able to chip in with some secondary scoring when the big boys aren’t around. More likely, however, is that Janmark will make his bones with the Oilers on the penalty kill where it is reported that he’s had some success.

So what are we getting in Janmark? According to Aidan Champion at Sports Illustrated, based on his last season, it could go either way:

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When the Vegas Golden Knights acquired forward Mattias Janmark from the Chicago Blackhawks in April of 2021, it was expected he would grow into more of a complete player, as he had still been in just his fifth season at the time.

That hope has been far from the case since his arrival. The trade for Janmark seemed to have paid off when the then 28-year-old forward scored three goals in Vegas’ series-clinching win over the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2020-21 playoffs.

Since then, Janmark’s offensive presence has not really been anything to write home about.

The forward tallied just nine goals and 16 assists for a total of 25 points in 67 games played in the 2021 season.

Though Janmark missed games due to injury and COVID-19 protocols, his performance while on the ice was still disappointing. In early to mid November, he did not record a single point. Jankmark made up for it when he scored at least one point in six out of the next eight games, but then he only attained one point in the following eight contests.

In 67 games played with the Golden Knights in 2021-22, Janmark registered nine goals and 16 assists to go along with 21 PIMs and a +3 rating. With 420 career games under his belt between the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, and Golden Knights, Janmark has 66 goals and 92 assists for 158 points through seven NHL seasons. He has netted eight goals and 16 assists over 61 career playoff games.

JANMARK’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 Texas Stars AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Dallas Stars NHL 73 15 14 29 16 12 12 2 3 5 2
2016-17 Did Not Play Ind Statistics Unavailable
2017-18 Dallas Stars NHL 81 19 15 34 24 -13
2018-19 Dallas Stars NHL 81 6 19 25 24 -4 7 1 2 3 8
2019-20 Dallas Stars NHL 62 6 15 21 12 -5 26 1 7 8 38
2020-21 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 10 9 19 8 -17
2020-21 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 15 1 4 5 2 5 16 4 4 8 0
2021-22 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 67 9 16 25 21 3
NHL Totals 420 66 92 158 107 61 8 16 24 48