2. James Van Riemsdyk, LW
Sometimes the less flashy free-agent signings wind up being the best and James Van Riemsdyk is a shining example.
After a down year with the Philadelphia Flyers, Van Riemsdyk took his talents to Boston on a one-year, $1 million contract. It was seen as a low-risk, high-reward deal for a player who's hit the 20-goal mark seven times and even registered 30-plus goals twice in his career.
Needless to say, it didn't take long for JVR to turn back the clock with the Bruins. While he's only on pace for about 15 goals, Van Riemsdyk should finish around 50 to 55 points if he continues at his current production. He probably won't set any personal records, but reaching 50 points would be his first time doing so since 2018, highlighting how much of a steal his deal is.
Still, a strong showing doesn't guarantee that Van Riemsdyk will stick around. He'll be an unrestricted free agent, once again, in the summer and could use his strong showing to cash in on one more solid payday. After all, he turns 35 in May and might not have many more contracts coming his way.