Cave has a powerful shot and plays a sound two-way game. While he will likely never break through as a point producer in the NHL, he could find a home as a role-playing forward, capable of the occasional offensive outburst.
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January 2020 – Cave played 53 games in the NHL last season (33 for Edmonton, 20 for Boston) and looked like he could potentially be Edmonton’s fourth-line center for this season. He has suited up in just five games for the Oilers in this campaign and essentially lost his position to Gaëtan Haas, a 27-year-old Center playing in his first season in North America. Cave’s numbers down in the AHL leave a lot to be desired as he has recorded just 11 points in 24 games. His production, especially for a 25-year-old, would indicate that Cave is closer to being an average AHL forward as opposed to a player on the cusp of NHL duty. His contract will expire after this campaign and unless something drastically changes in the second half of the season, it is unlikely that he is resigned. Jameson Ewasiuk
March 2019 – On January 15th the Oilers opted to claim Cave off waivers from the Boston Bruins. Since joining Edmonton, Cave has recorded two points in 19 games but has been more effective than the numbers would suggest. He has been a solid bottom-six forward with a good overall compete level. It’s unlikely that he ever becomes a consistent point producer but he has the potential be a reliable bottom-six forward who can contribute with some secondary offence. Cave has shown well in his limited time with Edmonton and will likely be in the running for a spot on the team next season. Jameson Ewasiuk
November 2018 – Cave was called up to Boston to aid the team’s forward depth in the wake of Patrice Bergeron’s injury (November 20). After impressing in what has been a breakout season in the AHL, Cave earned a promotion to the big club. While his stay may only be for the length of Bergeron’s injury, it will offer the 23-year-old the an extended opportunity to prove that he has NHL potential. His best opportunity to make such a statement will be to utilize the fundamental elements in his game, including his physicality and strong forechecking ability, as significant ice time will likely be hard to come by. He still doesn’t hold much single-season or daily fantasy value at the moment, but anyone with this kind of strong AHL production deserves attention upon promotion to the NHL. Chris Mazza
November 2018 – Cave has been a revelation thus far for Providence, registering an impressive 11 points through the team’s first 10 games. He has been remarkably consistent, only missing the score sheet in two games. Cave’s junior development was slow, and much of the same has occurred during his AHL career as he has gradually seen an increase in production over the last four seasons. The Bruins and fantasy owners alike will hope that Cave can continue to grow and set his sights on a potential NHL job next year. For now, he is of little interest in for fantasy owners, however that could change if he continues to play well in the minors. Chris Mazza