Ducks announce signing of RFA right wing Ondrej Kase to three-year contract. Hearing it's worth $7.8 million total. $2.6M AAV.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) August 15, 2018
Anaheim Ducks Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Ondrej Kase
Kase has spent his entire two-year career with the Ducks. He has scored 25 career goals and 28 career assists for 53 career points in 119 career NHL games. Kase has added two goals in 13 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was originally drafted in the seventh round, 205 overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks.
This season, he scored 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points in 66 games. He also added 14 minutes in penalties. He failed to record a point in four Stanley Cup Playoff games as the Ducks were swept in the first round by the San Jose Sharks. His possession numbers were 52.9 percent Corsi For with a relative Corsi of +4.5. Kase is coming off a three-year entry-level deal worth $2.12 million, with an AAV of $706,667. He signed this deal in May 2015.
What This Means for the Future
Kase broke out in his second year in the NHL scoring 38 points. He played on the third line with Adam Henrique and Jason Chimera and was also a part of the second power-play unit with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg.
At 22 years old Kase is showing that he has the ability to be a goal scorer for the Ducks and will be an important part of the team moving forward. He was tied for second on the team in goals with Henrique last season. With a Ducks team that is full of veterans, it will be interesting to see if the Ducks decide to build around Kase for the future.
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