Last week Leslie Treff at HF Rangers Blog ranked Fasth __ in her rankings of the top 20 prospects. She explained that Fasth is someone that is gonna have a spot:
Moving quickly up the list was Jesper Fasth, who put on a show in development camp this summer. Great hands, hockey sense, combined with speed was what we saw over and over again from Fasth. I see him as a second line winger, about two years away from NHL play. The question is whether there will be room for him, but he’s the kind of player, you make room for–he’s that good.
I love this guy. He is my favorite prospect for the sole fact that he plays in Sweden and isn’t seen or talked about that much. There is some mystery about him and the fact that he was a late round pick from Europe makes him so intriguing to me. We have seen what Carl Hagelin, a former sixth round pick from Sweden can do, maybe the Rangers hit another homer with Fasth.
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At NYRangers.com, they profile 2010 sixth round pick Jesper Fasth as part of the “20 Prospects In 20 Days” feature.
Rangers scout Anders Hedberg said that Fasth has a great work ethic but that he is probably at least two years away from coming to North America.
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As soon as the Rangers took Fasth last year, he jumped to the top of my list in terms of Rangers prospects. When you take a guy that seems so far off the board, you make it seem like you know more than another team does about Fasth and reading this, it seemed like the Rangers did.
His excellent performance at the WJC in December and January only served to reinforce that Fasth could end up being a 6th round steal for the Rangers.
USA grabs the bronze at the 2011 World Junior Championships as New York Rangers prospects showcased a bright future ahead for the Blueshirts. Chris Kreider scored 2 goals, Ryan Bourque added an assist, and Jesper Fasth a goal in defeat for Sweden. Kreider showcased a scoring touch in the slot on the power play all tournament long that should excite the New York Rangers and their fans for the future. To read more of this story, click here
“To have him make the team and then be put on that line that really has been one of the best lines in the tournament, that’s above and beyond what we expected at this point,” Gorton said. “We look forward to the rest of the tournament to see if he can keep that up because it’s tough. This is largely a 20-year-old tournament and really (Fasth) is just a kid. But his play bodes well for us in the future, I think.”
…More and more I think of Ryan Bourque as Ryan Callahan and that is awesome. Jesper Fasth though is playing on Sweden’s top line and making a good impression on most people who are seeing him for the first time. Gorton says that he is still very young for the tournament, which means next year he could be a real big part of Sweden’s team, just like Chris Kreider and Team USA