BOSTON - New Bruins winger Ondrej Kase addressed the media late Saturday afternoon to provide his first reaction to the trade that brought him to town from Anaheim on Friday in exchange for David Backes, defense prospect Axel Andersson, and a 2020 first-round pick.
"I think I'm a pretty good skater and I can score goals," Kase said when asked to describe his game. "I'm very excited to be part of the Boston Bruins. I've talked a little bit with [fellow Czech native David Pastrnak] on this, so I can't wait to meet the guys…I can't wait for the playoffs. I hope we win the Stanley Cup."
We'll call that a solid first impression.
Kase, acquired to provide a boost to Boston's right side, is likely to skate with either David Krejci or Charlie Coyle, according to general manager Don Sweeney. The possibility of playing with Krejci, another fellow Czech native, had the 24-year-old quite eager.
"I think he's an unbelievable player, someone everyone wants to play with," said Kase, whose favorite player growing up was NHL and Czech legend Jaromir Jagr. "He passes the puck very well. Great passer…it would be very good to play with him…I think that's gonna help me a lot. He can find you very, very well."
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Kase has not played since Feb. 7 as he deals with flu-like symptoms, but was back skating with the Ducks before the trade and is expected to practice in full with the Bruins on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.
"It's a better day today," said Kase. "I've been skating with the team. I don't know yet when I'll be playing, but it's pretty close."
Through 49 games this season, Kase has seven goals and 23 points, a dip from his 11 goals and 20 points in 30 games in 2018-19 and 20 goals and 38 points in 66 games in 2017-28. The winger said he wasn't quite sure why his shooting percentage has dropped to 5.2%.
"I don't know why my shooting percentage is so low this year. I feel like I've tried shooting from everywhere," said Kase, who has landed 135 shots on goal this season, just 11 shy of his career-high from 2017-18.