According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks have traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins.
Hearing Ondrej Kase being traded to Boston— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 21, 2020
The return for Anaheim has been reported by TSN’s Frank Seravalli as forward David Backes, a 1st round pick, and Boston’s 11th ranked prospect, defenseman Axel Andersson.
Believe the full deal is Ondrej Kase to BOS for 1st-round pick, David Backes and prospect Axel Andersson. https://t.co/r1X54VM6lG— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 21, 2020
Kase has continued his season of good play driving numbers while suffering from a slightly lower than normal shooting percentage. The 24-year-old Czech winger had been rumored to be on the trading block, and was almost dealt before the season began for defenseman Justin Faulk in a deal that fell apart.
David Backes has been playing with Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He has infamously underperformed his five year, $30 million deal and currently stands to make $6 million per year both this season and next season.
Axel Andersson is a right-handed 20-year-old Swedish defenseman playing for the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL. He’s been described by The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler as a smooth-skating defenseman with good passing ability, but who’s role has been limited on a strong Wildcats team.