Jesper 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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8/21/14 | 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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The Rangers have announced the jersey numbers for new players this season (Rangers):
- Dan Boyle: 22
- Tanner Glass: 15
- Lee Stempniak: 12
Jesper Fast will switch from 12 to 91.
Matthew Lombardi, Michael Kostka, Matt Hunwick and Steven Kampfer are still without numbers.
JT Miller, David LeNeveu, Justin Falk and Jesper Fast.
Jesper Fast, JT Miller and Raphael Diaz all entered the Rangers lineup last night and replaced Dan Carcillo, Derek Dorsett and John Moore.
Alain Vigneault said on MSG after the game that he didn’t want to go into all the reasons why he made the changes but having fresh legs was part of it.
Diaz was paired with Kevin Klein and played 19:30, with 6:18 coming on the PP. He took six shots on goal and had three of his attempts blocked. Diaz also had one hit and one blocked shot.
- First Period: 6:01
- Second Period: 7:07
- Third Period: 6:22
He played mostly against Matt Miskanen, Olli Maatta, Brandon Sutter, James Neal, Beau Bennett and Jussi Jokinen.
At 5 on 5, Diaz was on the ice for 13 shots for, 6 against and 7 shots on goal for and 1 against.
Dave Maloney and EJ Hradek said on MSG that they felt Diaz brought some new life to the power play.
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In his second game with the Rangers since being called back up, Jesper Fast played 12 minutes, had two shot attempts that missed the net and five hits.
- First Period: 3:32
- Second Period: 4:11
- Third Period: 4:17
Fast was on the ice for (5 on 5) 14 shot attempts for and only 2 against, and 6 shots on goal for and 2 against. (ES)
He started 40% of his shifts in the neutral zone, 40% in the offensive zone and 20% in the neutral zone. (ES)
Joe Micheletti was asked after the game about Fast and said, “I like him, I really like him. I liked him in camp and at the start. You watch him play, very intelligent player. He isn’t that big but he hits, he lead all Rangers with 5 hits. He wants to handle the puck, he has no fear with how he plays. These Swedish kids know how to play the game.”
Alain Vigneault said after the game, “he has played well. Very smart player and goes on the ice and plays to his strength. He is more physical than people think and plays the body every opportunity. He will be a help.”
It’s been noted before that Fast plays a bit of a physical game.
In his return to the Rangers lineup, after being called up on Monday, Jesper Fast played 13:54, had 1 shot on goal, 1 shot blocked, 3 hit and 1 blocked shot.
- First Period: 4:02
- Second Period: 5:47
- Third Period: 4:05
At 5 on 5, Fast was on the ice for 12 shot attempts for and 12 against with 8 shots on goal for and 6 against. (ES)
Fast started 30% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 40% in the neutral zone and 30% in the defensive zone. (ES)
Alain Vigneault said after the game that Fast got better as the game went on and, as he remembered, was a dependable player who is going through the process of becoming a pro. Vigneault added, “he was good tonight.”
After being called up, Vigneault said what he likes about Fast is “his hockey sense and his speed. His sense permits him to play at both ends of the rink and unfortunately when we sent him back he hurt himself and that high ankle sprain takes a lot of time to get your rhythm again. For the past month I have been told on a regular basis he has been playing well and last night I guess he was the best player on the ice.”
Dave Maloney said that Fast fit in perfectly with the Rangers on Tuesday.