David Kase

Hometown:

Kadan Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-01-28

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (128th overall), 2015

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2011-12: David Kase skated for the U18 and U16 squads for KLH Chomutov in the Czech Republic, briefly playing with older brother Ondrej Kase (Anaheim) on the U18 team. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in 13 regular season games for that squad. He played in one U18 playoff game with no points nor penalties. Kase scored 27 goals with 38 assists and was +49 with 10 penalty minutes in 29 games for the KLH Chomutov U16 team.

2012-13: Kase appeared in four games with the KLH Chomutov U20 team as a 16-year-old and was a point-per-game scorer for the club’s U18 team. He represented the Czech Republic for the first time in international competition skating for the U16 team. He had 1 assist and was -2 with the KLH Chomutov U20 team. Kase scored 5 goals with 21 assists and was +9 with 8 penalty minutes in 25 games with the club’s U18 squad. Playing in seven games for the Chomutov U16 team, including one playoff contest, he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 10 penalty minutes. Kase scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in 10 games for the Czech U16 team.

2013-14: Kase was the second-leading scorer for the KLH Chomutov U20 team and played for the Czech Republic U18 and U17 teams. He scored 11 goals with 19 assists for 30 points in 35 regular season games, trailing only 19-year-old Nicholas Hlava amongst KLH forwards. He was +7 and had 10 penalty minutes. Kase scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He played 17 games, including 3 playoff games, with the Chomutov U18 team; scoring 10 goals with 24 assist and finishing +20 with 4 penalty minutes. Kase scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +1 in seven games for the Czech U18 team at the 2014 World Juniors. The Czech Republic captured a silver medal, falling 5-2 to the USA in the championship game. The Czech U17 team finished seventh at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. An assistant captain for the team, Kase scored 4 goals with 2 assists in five games. He was selected by Blainville-Boisbriand in the first round (41st overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft and was taken by Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the third round (89th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft. 

2014-15: Kase played for the Czech U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August before returning to Chomutov. He skated with older brother Ondrej on the KLH men’s team in the Czech Extraliga’s second division and played for the Czech U20 and U18 teams in their respective World Juniors tournaments. Kase scored 7 goals with 7 assists and was +11 with 10 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games for a KLH team that won the second division championship. Kase appeared in one playoff game with no points nor penalties. He skated in 17 games, including nine playoff contests, for the KLH Chomutov U20 team that also won a national championship. Kase scored 12 goals with 15 assists and was +12 with 14 penalty minutes in U20 play. He had 1 assist and was +3 in four games for the sixth-place Czech Republic U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Kase was a team captain for the U18 squad at both the Ivan Hlinka and WJC tournaments. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in four games at the U18 WJC. The Czech Republic finished sixth, falling 7-2 to the USA in the quarterfinals. Kase was ranked 11th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round (128th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Never signed by Blainville-Boisbriand, Kase was selected by Niagara in the first round (33rd overall) in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. 

2015-16: Kase remained in the Czech Republic, playing for Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga and second division club SK Kadan. He skated for the Czech Republic U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -11 with 2 penalty minutes in 20 games with Pirati. Chomutov finished eight in the regular season, defeating Kometa Brno in a first-round series before being swept by first-place Liberec. Kase scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in 16 games with SK Kadan. An assistant captain for the Czech Republic at the 2016 WJC, he had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games. The Czech Republic finished sixth, falling 7-0 to the USA in the quarterfinals. 

 

Talent Analysis

Kase was one of the highest-ranked European skaters heading into the draft. He is a talented player who creates space for his teammates and has excelled when representing his country. However, his 5-foot-9 frame is a concern, and it caused him to fall in the draft.

Future

Kase remained in the Czech Republic in 2015-16, playing in the Czech Extraliga as an 18-year-old rather than joining the OHL's Niagara IceDogs. He also skated for the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Juniors. A skilled forward who can play both center and wing, he does not play an overly abrasive style. Kase projects as a second or third line forward at the pro level if he can adapt to the more competitive North American game.

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