Eastern Edge: Values Rising for Ondrej Kase and Oliver Wahlstrom

Brennan Des

2021-12-14

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss Ondrej Kase and Oliver Wahlstrom, two players riding hot streaks, who also happen to be available in most fantasy leagues. Check out Dobber's Frozen Tools for a league-wide look at who's hot and who's not!

Ondrej Kase

The 26-year-old winger has 11 points in his last 13 outings, shaking off a slow start that saw him post just two points in his first 13 games. Kase's improved production may be fueled by the increased role he's seen during Mitch Marner's absence. Marner has been sidelined for the past five games due to a shoulder injury. During this stretch, Kase has skated 17 minutes a night, seeing 42% of Toronto's total power-play time. In recent games, he's been deployed on the team's star-studded top unit, sharing the ice with John Tavares, William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly. Kase has made the most of this new deployment, posting five points in five games, with two of those points being scored on the power play. Before Marner got injured, Kase was averaging 13 minutes a night and didn't really have a role with the man advantage.

Although Marner's absence opened up a spot in Toronto's top-six, Kase didn't see much even-strength action with the team's superstars early on. For the most part, he skated beside his usual center David Kampf, flanked by one of Nick Ritchie or Pierre Engvall. However, Kase's fortune has improved lately as he skated beside Matthews and Michael Bunting in the team's last game. Based on line combinations from Monday's practice, it looks like he'll stay with Bunting and Matthews to start Tuesday's game agains