Carl Hagelin, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth have all been named in Sweden’s squad for the upcoming Karjala Cup tournament today. The full international call-ups are a first for both Hagelin and Lindberg.
The Blueshirts trio have made fine starts to their club seasons in Sweden. Hagelin’s seven-game stint in Sodertajle has revitalised the Allsvenskan club, winners of six of those games. Lindberg and Fasth, meanwhile, have proved standouts in strong starts for Elitserien sides Skelleftea and league- leading HV71.
Sweden’s campaign begins against the Czech Republic in Liberec on November 7.
In the history of the New York Rangers Draft, selecting players in the later rounds (6th round) has worked out very well for them. The list of players drafted by the Rangers in the 6th round that had solid careers in the NHL: Eddie Johnstone (1974), Tom Laidlaw (1978), Reijo Ruotsalainen (1980), Tony Granato (1982), Kjeil Samuelsson (1984), Darren Turcotte (1986) and Carl Hagelin (2007). Perhaps the best selection for the Rangers in the round 6 will be their 2010 selection of Jesper Fasth. Interesting fact leading up the 2010 draft was that Fasth did not appear on the NHL Central Scouting; which ranked European skaters available for the draft. If not for Red Line Scouting Report service; which had ranked Fasth 110 overall, most people might not have heard of him at all. Reportedly, one of the reasons why Fasth was overlooked was based on his date of birth (December 2, 1991). Apparently, being younger and undersized (5’11/165 lbs) caused Fasth to slip through the cracks.
Since being drafted, Fasth had a solid season in 2010-11 (65 games: 20 goals-22 assists) while playing against older and stronger players. Fasth has also added nearly 15 pounds to his frame (5’11/179lbs) and is currently playing for the HV71 Jonkoping Swedish Elitserien team and in four games has produced a goal.
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Back in December, Jesper Fast signed a two-year extension with his team in Sweden.
At the time it was thought that Fast would spend this season in Sweden with HV71 and then come to North America next season.
In an interview with Hockey Sverige, Fast said that he is happy to spend this season in Sweden as he needed another year to play there after he lost most of last season to an injury, but that the plan is to come to North America next season.
While speaking with the Rangers website, 2010 sixth rounder Jesper Fast said that speed and skating are things that he can bring to the ice, “My skating is my biggest strength. It’s my best skill, and I try and use it as best as I can to beat opponents and make my teammates better.”
He adds that he wants to show the Rangers his speed and continue to develop under the eye of the organization.
It is expected that Fast will spend this season in Europe and come to North America next season.
Leslie Treff wrote in April, “What that will involve is likely giving Fasth a bonus while having him play in Europe for another season, with no assurance that he will play for the Rangers in the fall of 2013. Although that is a big risk, it is expected that New York will do just that, as Fasth has excellent offensive upside.”
At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that the Rangers need to sign 2010 sixth round pick Jesper Fasth to an entry-level contract to be able to keep his rights.
Treff writes that the Rangers need to offer Fasth a contract in the next two months, “What that will involve is likely giving Fasth a bonus while having him play in Europe for another season, with no assurance that he will play for the Rangers in the fall of 2013. Although that is a big risk, it is expected that New York will do just that, as Fasth has excellent offensive upside.”
Treff writes that Oscar Lindberg, acquired for Ethan Werek last spring, is in the same situation as Fasth.
On Lindberg, Treff writes, “according to the Rangers, the experience Lindberg is getting is excellent, and his development is on target. Projected to be a second- to third-line player in the NHL, the Rangers are looking for Lindberg to develop into a mostly defensive forward.”
Treff writes that Lindberg could play next season with the Whale.
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Fasth, 20, had five goals and 11 assists in 21 games this season.
Spending at least one more year in Europe after missing this one is probably a good idea. He is still under Rangers control and as long as he is he can take his time in developing into another sixth round Swedish steal.
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