After missing multiple practices, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that Ondrej Kase will have some catching up to do.
Just like Pastrnak, Kase has missed some practices due to being overseas but also because some images came out of him skating with average joe’s. That was against NHL protocol.
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Now the two players will likely not practice until the Bruins are in the bubble. Cam Neely himself said that the Bruins wished the two players would have arrived earlier.
Kase hasn’t had a great start since coming to Boston via trade. In the 6 games he played for the Bruins prior to the season being suspended he only had 1 assist. Boston was expecting much more.
The pressure will be on Kase for a multitude of reasons. He needs to perform to ensure that the Bruins didn’t make a mistake trading for him. Also, Jack Studnicka has emerged as a candidate for some playing time in the playoffs.
Studnicka had a great season down in Providence. In 60 games he had 23 goals and 26 assists. Imagine adding that to a Bruins roster that already is well capable of scoring.
Even if we don’t see Studnicka now, it seems like he will be a lock for the NHL roster next season. His talent is too good to be wasted down in the AHL.
Kase could lose his spot on the roster and they could move him again or just flat out release him. The Bruins can’t waste any time. Their window is closing with guys like Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, and Zdeno Chara nearing the end of their careers. If Studnicka makes them a better team they need to play him.
So hopefully Kase will be ready to play when the playoffs begin because if he doesn’t show up his time in Boston may not last long.