Read: Jesper Fast was told to add strength and now feels more confident

Jesper FastJesper Fast says that he was told following last season that he needed to add strength so after working on his upper body and legs he feels that he is in a better position to show what kind of player he is. (NY Post)

Fast says that he feels more comfortable this season knowing his teammates and what the expectations are of him. He says that he feels more confident. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that Alain Vigneault felt “safe” with Fast last season because of his play away from the puck. Fast says that the players are aware of how many spots are up for grabs.

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Read: Jesper Fast on his and Oscar Lindberg’s chances at making the roster

Jesper Fast:Oscar LindbergJesper Fast says that it’s important to be at your best over the next three weeks before the season starts to try and secure a spot on the opening night roster. (Expressen)

He says that you have to believe in yourself but the competition will be “very tough” and many players are interested in the open spots. (Expressen)

On Oscar Lindberg’s chances to make the team, Fast says that Lindberg “has a good chance” and is “next in line.” Fast says that both players have a shot at making the roster with good camps. (Expressen)

Carl Hagelin says that the team has “faith” in Fast and he is a player who can help swing the momentum of a game. (Expressen)

On Lindberg, Hagelin says that he is an “incredibly good two-way center” who has to “stand out” in camp to have a chance. (Expressen)

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Read: Why Jesper Fast chose #91

Jesper FastJesper Fast switched from #12 to #91 over the summer after newly signed Ranger Lee Stempniak was given #12.

Fast said that he was offered a bunch of different numbers over the summer in the 40s and 50s and decided to go with #91 because that was the year he was born.(Rangers)

Other Rangers who have worn #91 include:

  • Evgeny Grachev
  • Markus Naslund

After playing with the Rangers for parts of last season, Fast said that he learned a lot and is looking forward to the battle for spots in training camp. (Rangers)

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Read: The kind of player that Jesper Fast is

Jesper Fast8/21/14 | 10:35AM: Last season, Jesper Fast played 11 games for the Rangers in the regular season and 3 for the Rangers in the playoffs.

He averaged 11:17 per game in the regular season and 9:39 per game for the Rangers in the playoffs in mostly a bottom six role.

In the AHL, Fast had 17 goals and 17 assists in 48 games.

  • He carries a cap hit of $805,000 this season and is in the final year of his entry-level contract. He will be a RFA after the season.

Fast is described as a “solid two-way player” with speed and responsible in his own end. (NHL.com)

Henrik Lundqvist says that there could be a spot for Fast with the Rangers and that he is a skilled player. (Hockey Sverige)

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