At practice yesterday, Alain Vigneault had Ryan Callahan skating with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt on the Rangers third line. Callahan replaced Jesper Fast who was skating on the fourth line with Dominic Moore, JT Miller and Derek Dorsett.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Fast’s time as an NHL player may be over for now with the return of Callahan.
Fast told Brooks that was “average” against the Coyotes and didn’t play as well as he wanted to. He said that he hopes he gets another chance to show he deserves to stay at the NHL level.
He said that he had some struggles dealing with extended time on the bench when either the PP or PK were on the ice and that while he isn’t using that as an excuse, it’s something the needs to get better at.
Fast had one shot and one hit in 10:13 on Thursday.
In the first period, Fast played 2:55 and had 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 3 minutes and five minutes between shifts.
In the second period, Fast played 3:14 and had 3 minutes, 7 minutes and 5 minutes between shifts.
In the third period, Fast played 4:04 and had 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 6 minutes and 3 minutes between shifts.
In describing Fast’s debut, Joe Micheletti and Dave Maloney said on MSG that he is a “smart little Swedish player” who does good things with the puck and is also responsible defensively.
5:29PM: Brian Boyle told the Rangers website that Fast is a mature player who has been able to handle everything so far easily. He said that Fast is the same kind at all times and that on the ice he is impressive to watch.
3:35PM: Larry Brooks notes that Vigneault’s nickname for Fast is “quickie.”
10:31AM: Jesper Fast will make his NHL debut tonight when the Rangers take on the Phoenix Coyotes
Fast told the team’s website that just because he made the team out of camp, now isn’t the time to relax and that he has to work even harder to keep his spot.
Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that he has been impressed with Fast’s hockey sense and ability to know where to be and what to do when he doesn’t have the puck.
Leslie Treff writes at HF Rangers that Fast is a player who attracts the puck and makes things happen when he gets it. She questions whether he is an NHL ready at this time but admits that he deserves a shot based on how his preseason went. Treff says that unless Fast can adapt to the NHL game very quickly, it’s more than likely he will get sent to Hartford if/when a player like Chris Kreider is able to return.
The last Ranger to wear #12 was Todd White. It was also worn by Olli Jokinen and Don Maloney.
Fast wore #31 in the preseason for the Rangers.
5:46PM: The Rangers website spoke with Fast who said that he wasn’t sure on Sunday what number he was going to wear, after he had been assigned 31 but his locker had 12, but that he found out today when 12 was on his helmet.
Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast are both in their first training camps with the Rangers and they were able to make a quick impression on one of the most important and longest tenured Rangers.
Dan Girardi told SNY’s Nick Licalzi on Saturday that he has been impressed with both Fast and Lindberg,
Girardi said, “Jesper is a pretty fast guy, his last name says it. I defended Oscar a couple of times out there and he made a couple of great plays and scored. They are dynamic players and I think they will be fighting for spots.”
Anders Hedberg, the Rangers Head European Scout, described Lindberg and Fast and “solid players” who can skate and think the game the right way.
He said that the two of them should challenge for spots with the Rangers.
Last night against the Flyers:
- Fast Played 14:15 with 1 shot on goal, one that was blocked, one that missed the net and one takeaway.
- Lindberg played 15:16 with 2 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot and was 7 and 8 on faceoffs.
While coaching in Sweden the past two seasons for MODO, Ulf Samuelsson has gotten to see Rangers prospects Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg as they competed in the Swedish Elite League.
Samuelsson told the Rangers website that he thinks some time in the AHL, to get used to the smaller ice surface, will benefit Fast and Lindberg but he wouldn’t be surprised to see them challenging for roster spots in the near future.
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In March, following the end of his season in the SEL, Jesper Fast came to NY and took part in a practice so that Rangers management could take a look at him.
Fast ,22, was then sent down to Hartford and scored a goal in the only game that he played before getting injured.
In 47 games for HV71 in the Swedish Elite League, Fast had 18 goals and 17 assists.
Jeremy Drake writes about the SEL and said that Fast is quick and has great agility that he uses in all aspects of his game.
Jeremy said, “he uses his speed to his advantage when forechecking, getting up on the defence and breaking up play quickly. These skills make him a great fit to the North American style of hockey, as his style of play really suites the smaller rink. Fasth is also a natural player with a great hockey sense, he has an awareness of where his line mates are and uses his skills to create something out of nothing, with a nice move, crisp pass or a quickly released shot.”
THIS SECTION is all about Jesper Fast.
In a chat at the Rangers website, Gordie Clark was asked about Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg and where they are in their development in regards to playing with the Rangers.
He described Lindberg as a two-way center and Fast as a player whose strengths are speed and scoring. Clark said that he thought Lindberg was the best player in development camp last year and isn’t surprised at the strong season he had this year in the SEL.
He said that Lindberg plays a simple game and one that may translate quicker to the NHL than Fast’s.
Clark notes that with the shoulder injuries to Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin that will start the season, Fast will likely be one of the players looked at to step into one of those roles if he is ready.
He said that he watched Fast in March and saw a player who was more aggressive and more physical than he had been previously.
Clark said that both Fast is one of the smoothest skaters he has ever seen and while Fast projects out to be more of a goal scorer he has the ability to use his speed and skating like Hagelin does and get in on the forecheck and disrupt the defense.
THIS SECTION is about Lindberg.
THIS SECTION is about Fast.
According to Bob Crawford, the Whale play by play person, Jesper Fast is banged up and reportedly out for the rest of the regular season.
The Whale, including tonight, have five more games left season. They play three this weekend and two next weekend.
They are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Fast scored a goal in his first game with the Whale but hasn’t played since.
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5:29PM: The team has officially sent Kreider and Fast to the Whale. Press release is below
4:51PM: Andrew Gross notes on twitter that the Rangers have said Miller won’t be in the lineup tonight.
4:25PM:According to the AHL Transaction wire, the Rangers have recalled JT Miller from Hartford.
Chris Kreider is still in Hartford.
Miller and Kreider were sent down, though not confirmed by the team, this morning.
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