In all fairness to Kase, he only played six games for Boston before the regular season was shut down by the coronavirus. To say he never really settled in is an understatement, but no fault of Kase’s given the disconnected regular and postseason.
Kase wasn’t exactly lighting it up in Anaheim this season prior to joining Boston at the trade deadline, though his 23 points in 49 games gave Boston the third line boost they sought. Unfortunately, he was never really able to get going in the regular season and seemed to just be settling in as the season paused.
When Kase returned to Boston for “mini-camp” prior to the trip to Toronto, he and his compatriot David Pastrnak were both unfit to play upon their return to the States in late June. To make matters worse, Kase was unable to join Boston on their team charter to Toronto and missed more practice time as a result.
But the right wing stepped up his play slightly once he finally got on the ice in the postseason, recording four assists. With a full offseason to prepare and connect with his new teammates, Kase should carve out a nice role for himself next season with Boston as a bottom six winger who can contribute with his passing ability.
As for his 2020 performance, Kase was far from the difference-maker Boston needed to jumpstart its secondary scoring. Had the season progressed normally, maybe things would have been different in the final month of the season with Kase having more time to build chemistry with his linemates.
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Game 4 against Carolina back in August was just a microcosm of what Ondrej Kase can do when he’s at his best. The comeback victory for Boston wouldn’t have been possible without two assists from Kase.
The first gave Boston life midway through the third period with a quick pass ahead to Jake DeBrusk, a show of good vision for Kase. The second, also on a DeBrusk goal, was a smart and unselfish play in which Kase had an opportunity to shoot but instead opted for an open DeBrusk along the goal line for a better look at goal.
If Kase can replicate these kind of plays regularly, he can be an asset for this Bruins offense. While Boston is in need of secondary scoring, a playmaker in the bottom six like Kase can help fix that.
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