Ondrej Kase converting his energy into goals for Ducks
ANAHEIM — Energetic skating plus offensive skill, equals goals.
It is an equation that’s starting to add up for Ondrej Kase. At 22 and in his second season with the Ducks, Kase is tapping into his finishing ability and giving them some desperately needed secondary scoring.
With goals on back-to-back nights in Toronto and Montreal this week, Kase has 14 on the season. It makes him their third-leading goal scorer behind Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique – in reality, their second as Henrique has 12 of his 16 with them.
And as he operates in the last year of his original three-year entry level contract, Kase is putting the puck in net more often than a few of his higher-paid teammates. But in a salary cap age when proven veterans earning big bucks can eat up a big portion of it, production from young, cheaper talent is necessary.
Having broken in last season with five goals in 53 games, the Ducks certainly hoped that the Czech right wing would build on the flashes of talent and tireless play in his game. They didn’t expect that it would be realized in a potential 20-goal season for a seventh-round pick mined out of the 2014 draft.
“I don’t think anybody would ever envision that,” Carlyle said. “It’s always nice to see. And it’s a tribute to our organization as far as the scouting staff and the people that acquire those young players.
“He’s very unheralded. He didn’t come in with a lot of fanfare. He’s proving again that there are people out there. Just because you’re not drafted in the first three rounds doesn’t mean you can’t make it in the NHL. But it’s always nice when you find a couple of those guys on your side.”
Ask Kase if he thinks reaching 20 is a goal he’d like […]