Geek of the Week: Players Making Noise Recently

Scott Royce

2021-12-19

Well, we didn't even make it to the Christmas break without absolute chaos ensuing throughout the world of sports again. It's crazy how quickly things can change. Five teams (Boston, Colorado, Calgary, Florida, and Nashville) are completely shut down until December 26. Meanwhile fan attendance has already been slashed to 50 percent in Ontario, and I expect many others to follow suit sooner rather than later. Olympic participation from NHL players is certainly going to be off the table. So amidst all the craziness, here are a few players who have been making some noise recently that will either stem the tide of postponements now or can help your team when things are back to normal.

Ondrej Kase

Despite a sluggish start for the Czech-born winger, he has really come on strong for the Maple Leafs as of late. He's been given a lot of extra opportunities too thanks to Mitch Marner's injury, and now with John Tavares and Alexander Kerfoot both in COVID-protocol, Kase will definitely be leaned on heading into the Christmas break.

He is currently riding a five-game point streak and has scored points in seven of his last eight contests. He's been playing alongside Auston Matthews on the team's first line and over the last three games he's logged over 18 minutes in each contest. He was already getting power-play time as of late, and with Tavares now out, he will certainly be getting more guaranteed deployment on the man advantage. He has power play points in three straight games, so hopefully he continues to capitalize on his opportunities.

Aside from his uptick in usage, Kase has been known to be a relatively high-volume shooter. This year has been no exception as Kase has averaged 2.7 shots per game. During his current point streak, he has had two or more shots every game. Outside of his offense, he occasionally will get you a hit or a block every couple of games, but don't bank on him to get you much in the physical categories.

Kase is currently owned in just 31 percent of Yahoo leagues, though obviously that number is climbing rapidly as owners are scrambling to fill the holes in their lineups. If you're quick, though, you may be able to snatch him up! The best-case scenario would be for Kase to make the most of his uptick in usage and carry that momentum into the remainder of the season. He's still only 26 years old and might still have some untapped potential.