Ondrej Kase

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2017-05-27

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Ondrej Kase, RW/LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 181

Born: 1995-11-08

Hometown: Kadan, CZE

Drafted: 2014 by Anaheim Ducks, 205th overall

 

Observations:

May 2017 – After hitting a dry spell offensively and some spotty defensive play, Kase landed in Randy Carlyle’s doghouse and was a healthy scratch for most of March and eventually sent back down to San Diego to get some playing time. He took the demotion to heart though and scored three goals, five points in five games to end the AHL regular season. He played in three playoff games for the Gulls, registering one point and ten shots before the Ducks called him back up. His speed was evident throughout the playoffs and after injuries took a toll in Anaheim he lined up with Ryan Getzlaf during the Nashville series and scored two goals while creating multiple other opportunities. With Patrick Eaves possibly leaving through free agency, and Getzlaf and Perry not having the magic they used to have together, Kase could be a great sleeper pick to line up on Getzlaf’s wing next season.
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January 2017 – After having a good start to the year in the AHL with seven points in nine games, Kase got the call up after the Ducks got off to a slow start. Since then he has been a staple on Anaheim's third line with Antoine Vermette and Nic Ritchie. With 10 points in 26 games thus far, he has done a good job on both ends of the ice. He has some amazing hands and soft mitts in the shootout, but needs to add a little weight to his frame. He is only 21-years-old and looks to have adjusted to the NHL game very well. It looks like the Ducks scouting staff found another diamond in the rough with this former 7th round draftee.
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June 2016 – Kase had a rough first season in North America. After coming out strongly in the first few games with the San Diego Gulls, Kase suffered a concussion that kept him out until mid-February. Once he returned, he showed flashes of what made him a potential steal in the last round of the 2014 NHL entry draft.  Kase is more of a playmaking winger, but possesses a quick release and good shot. In multiple viewings his ability to operate with defensive pressure made him a threat with the puck. The skillful Czech does not have enviable size but does display a level of elusiveness while still challenging for, and often winning, 50/50 pucks along the boards. Kase had a good playoff run with the Gulls, registering a goal and three assists and found some chemistry with new Gulls' center Kalle Kosilla. This summer will be an important one for Kase, who has added some mass to his frame to take the next step in his professional hockey career. Zachary DeVine

 

December 2015 – The 205th overall pick in 2014 is in his first season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL. Th