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Crawford says today that he has gotten word that Fast sprained his ankle and will be out 4-6 weeks.
10:43PM: Pat Leonard tweets that the Rangers are calling Fast’s injury a sprained ankle.
8:05PM: According to Hartford Wolf Pack announcer Bob Crawford, Jesper Fast had to be helped off the ice, during the Wolf Pack game against Springfield tonight, after falling in the corner.
Crawford says that Fast wasn’t putting any weight on his leg.
Jason Remillard tweets “Hartford RW Jesper Fast helped off the ice by trainers and teammates. Can’t put any weight on right leg.”
Fast has 11 shot attempts overall on the season, 6 on goal, 3 that missed the net and 2 blocked shots.
He is averaging 10:29 per game overall, 1:55 on the PK and hasn’t been on the ice for a goal for this season.
Fast has been on the ice for eight goals against overall and six goals against and one goal for at 5 on 5.
According to Extra Skater, Fast, at 5 on 5, has been on the ice for 57 shot attempts for and 41 shot attempts against and 31 shots on goal for and 28 shots on goal against.
Fast has started 22.6% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 41.9% in the neutral zone and 35.5% in the defensive zone.
He was sent down Monday nigh to make room for Carl Hagelin. In one game for the Wolf Pack so far, Fast has two assists.
He told the Daily News on last week that he needs to communicate more on the ice and if he does he will get more shots.
At the Rangers website, Fast said that he wants to create more offense but he knows that his first priority is to play smart. He says that when he starts to feel more comfortable he thinks that offense will come.
Fast said that he likes the trust that the coaches have in him defensively and to kill penalties. He adds, via Ranger Rants, that his coach in Sweden played in the NHL and taught him the small details of the game and of protecting the puck.
Alain Vigneault said, via Ranger Rants, that Fast wasn’t creating a lot of offense but there is a lot of upside and that he needs to play.
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This move is likely to create a roster spot for Carl Hagelin who can and likely will be activated and play against the Islanders tomorrow.
Fast played in the Rangers first eight games, didn’t register a point and averaged 10:29 per game.
Tonight, Fast played 8:09, took a penalty and had two shots.
3:10 of his ice time came on the penalty kill.
He started the game on a line with Taylor Pyatt and Derek Stepan and then was with Brian Boyle and Benoit Pouliot, according to Shiftchart.
According to Extra Skater, Fast was on the ice for 11 total shots for and 10 total shots against in all situations. Taking out shots that were blocked, Fast was on the ice for 7 shots for and 7 shots against in all situations.
At 5 on 5 play, Fast was on the ice for 11 total shots for and 5 total shots against. 33.3% of Fast’s shifts started in the offensive zone, 55.6% started in the neutral zone and 11.1% in the defensive zone.
Fast said that he spent his two games watching from the stands learning more about the NHL game.
Alain Vigneault told Newsday before the game that Fast wasn’t taken out of the lineup for his performance, but more because of the size advantage he felt the Kings and Sharks have over the Rangers.
He once again said that Fast is a “smart player.”
Henrik Lundqvist told Expressen earlier in the week, “Jesper is a smart and talented player who always makes good trade-offs on the ice. He has been really good.”
THIS SECTION is all about Jesper Fast.
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.