The Boston Bruins were rather busy at this years trade deadline. The Bruins addressed two big needs while shedding the contract of forward David Backes. Nick Ritchie was brought in to address the Bruins size and toughness issues and has made an impact so far. Ondrej Kase was brought in to address the Bruins never ending carousel of right wingers to skate alongside David Krejci. Kase might finally be the answer as he’s very talented and will certainly help the Bruins scoring issues. Scoring issues in more ways than one.
The Boston Bruins are arguably the worst team in the NHL when it comes to overtime. Tied for second in the league in overtime losses, they’ve hardly shown any signs of life after the third period so far this season. In overtime itself the Bruins have managed to win a few games, but once overtime ends and its time for the shootout the Bruins are essentially doomed. No player has scored more than one shootout goal this year. Chris Wagner is one of four Bruins to score a shootout goal all season. He leads the team with a 33.3% shootout percentage. As a team the Bruins are shooting 13% in the shootout so far this season. A percentage like that is all you need to know when you hear that the Bruins are one of three teams to remain winless in the shootout. These stats are a very big reason as to why Don Sweeney traded for Ondrej Kase.
Ondrej Kase comes into Boston and immediately improves the Bruins shootout lineup. Kase himself has as many shootout goals this season as the whole Bruins roster (4). Kase brings a 50% career shootout percentage. Again, making him the best on the Bruins roster.
Although it’s possible, Kase alone won’t be able to win the Bruins a shootout. Help from another player or two would certainly make it easier. Perhaps Don Sweeney wanted to bring somebody in who not only is good at shootouts, but maybe just to light a fire under the rest of the Bruins roster. Maybe seeing Kase pot one might motivate the guy after him, or knowing that he shoots after a certain player might take some of the pressure off. Either way, the need for shootout help was huge, and Don Sweeney addressed it when he traded for Ondrej Kase.
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