Ondrej Kase has been a pleasant surprise for the Anaheim Ducks this year. In his second season, at 22 years old, the former 7th round pick has put up 31 points in 51 games so far. Aside from a short stint on the first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, Kase has spent most of the year in the bottom six. He has primarily played with Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie on the 3rd line and they have had pretty good results.
Individually Kase has been producing at an impressive rate considering his ice time is only around 14 minutes a game. His points per 60 minutes is 2.58, tied for 20th in the NHL with teammate Ryan Getzlaf, and just below MVP favorite Taylor Hall. What is even more impressive is Kase’s primary points (Goals+First Assists) per 60 minutes, which is 2.48, 3rd in the NHL behind Nathan MacKinnon and Auston Matthews. His game score per 60 minutes, a measure for a players all around game, is 3.35, which is 6th in the NHL behind Connor McDavid and Jonathan Marchessault, while also ahead of Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov.
As you can see he is sitting among some very elite company as far as production and all around game are concerned. He currently is second in goals for the Anaheim Ducks and is looking to reach the 20 goal plateau in the near future. His shooting percentage is 14.7%, and will likely come down a little but Kase plays an energetic game and likes to get shots on net. His 2.3 shots per game are 4th on the Ducks. Although he is on the 2nd power play unit, Kase produces most of his points at 5 on 5, with 29 of his 31 points having come at 5 on 5.
Kase is a very skilled winger with good speed and a very good shot. He has proving he can produce even when given little ice time. If he can break into the Ducks top six, then Kase has a legit chance to become a possible 30 goal scorer and 60+ point player. Some more production on the power play will also help him reach that next level. If you are playing in a league with a lot of peripheral stats you won’t get much production from Kase aside from goals and assists. He has good shot totals but he is rather low when it comes to hits, blocks, and PIMs.
I’d be targeting Kase this offseason any where I can. He’ll likely be undervalued in your league and taking a flier on him could produce some very good results next year.
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