The Boston Bruins, sitting at sixth in the NHL in goal scoring, have boosted their offense by acquiring wing Ondrej Kase. In the deal, the Bruins will be sending veteran David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick back to Anaheim.
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For Boston, this deal makes a ton of sense. Kase is a talented young wing with another year under contract past this season, and he will help boost one of the stronger offenses in hockey. This will also greatly boost their depth on the wing, which would be their biggest weakness if something had to be pinpointed for the best team in the league so far this season.
Outside of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, Kase will likely come in and be one of the top options on the wing, and with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci at the center on the offensive attack, Kase will be able to come in and play with little pressure.
For Anaheim, this deal also makes sense. As mentioned, Kase is under contract through next season, so while he was someone they could decide to build around in their current situation, he wasn’t locked up long term. Getting David Backes doesn’t really matter because of his age and he hasn’t been a real impact player in a couple of years. He is still under contract through next season so they will have to wait that out, but in a rebuild, that’s not a big deal.
Getting Andersson is a nice pickup because he is a talented young defenseman, who is a skilled passer and is good at leading the rush.
Acquiring the first-round pick is also valuable because of the situation that Anaheim is in. While it will be a pick near or at the end of the first round, it gives them two first-round picks, which could exponentially speed up the rebuild.
Overall this deal makes sense for both sides.
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