The Skate Podcast: Guy Hebert likes Ondrej Kase’s ‘untapped potential’

February 27, 2020 - 2:41 pm

The best way to get the lowdown on new players after the trade deadline is to talk to the people that have watch them the most.

With that in mind The Skate Podcast welcomed Fox Sports West Anaheim Ducks analyst Guy Hebert, a former NHL goalie with St. Louis, the New York Rangers and Ducks, to the program this week to talk about Bruins trade-deadline pickups Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie.

Hebert lauded Kase’s skills and energy – “we call him the Energizer Bunny here in Anaheim,” he said – and talked about how the right wing can better avoid injury in the future.

Asked by co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman how Kase’s game will translate to the playoffs, which is what matters most to the Bruins, Hebert told them and Bruins fans what they wanted to hear.

“I love the guy. I just think he’s got untapped potential. And no doubt I think he’s a mid-20-goal type of scorer for a team. And I think for the Bruins in a playoff push and a Stanley Cup type of team that they have, I think he’s a guy that can provide that scoring deep into the playoffs. I think he’s a special teams guy who can play on the power play. And against I think he complements a lot of the players that the Bruins already have and maybe takes a little pressure off of the top-line scorers.”

Hebert also talked about Ritchie being a power forward reminiscent of when he was tending goal in the much tougher NHL of the ‘90s.

Also, Laird and Kalman explained why they’re skeptical the Bruins made the right moves at the deadline.

“There’s no reason to not be skeptical about these two moves as far as the impact for this year,” Kalman said. “Clearly they cleared up some cap space that they wanted to do, and that’s fine, they kind of admit that that was part of the problem here. But when you say we’re in it to win, you don’t roll the dice on two guys that have been trending downward and one guy that’s a little banged up.”

Laird and Kalman also talked about what the Bruins will do with their added salary cap space. The Bruins have to deal with unrestricted free agents Torey Krug and Jaroslav Halak, restricted free agents Karson Kuhlman, Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork and Matt Grzelcyk, and possible contract extensions for David Krejci and Tuukka Rask.

The guys also answered some tweets, including ones about the Bruins missing out on defense depth and the deadline and the potential for trade the streaky DeBrusk in the offseason.

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