When ranking the Rangers top prospects, both Leslie Treff at Hockey’s Future and Corey Pronman at Puck Prospectus both ranked ranked Jesper Fasth in the top ten, but disagreed on which half of rankings he should reside.
Treff ranked Fasth fourth and wrote that he has excellent offensive skills and good speed. She adds that it isn’t impossible for Fast to make the Rangers next season.
Pronman ranks Fasth 8th and writes that he is “fast” and then when in top gear he is dangerous. In contrast to Treff, Pronman writes that Fasth’s offensive abilities aren’t that impressive and thinks he could be a “quality third line winger.”
Of the two, I am definitely more inclined to agree with Leslie Treff.
Fasth’s offensive upside is high, and his speed is certainly a big factor in that. The great thing about Jesper is that he is prepared to get his nose dirty too; he isn’t one dimensional on the offensive side of the puck and his play this season has shown that. He has been a solid contributor to the HV71 ranks this year with 15 points in 20 games, and it really is a shame that injury has derailed his head of steam somewhat. Personally I feel there is top-six potential there, but a possible third-line combination with Oscar Lindberg is something that intrigues me greatly too. I actually feel Lindberg has a better chance of cracking the Rangers roster next year given the varying dynamics that he offers on the ice, but Fasth should certainly be in John Tortorella’s thoughts come training camp. One plus point, despite his current shoulder injury, is that Fasth has shown no hangover from last year’s ankle surgery. That game-changing speed is still very much there, and I have no doubt that he will continue to build on a strong first half of the season upon his return to the line-up.
2:34PM: Fasth will not play in the tournament according to reports out of Sweden. He reportedly has a shoulder injury.
As Mattias Ek notes, “Sad for the NY Rangers. They had three players with the # TreKronor : Carl Hagelin, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth. Now all injured.”
All three players are on a ten day break from their leagues.
10:25AM: In the Swedish Newspaper Expressen, they break down the roster, player by player, for Sweden’s Karjala Cup team.
One of those players is Rangers prospect Jesper Fasth who has seven goals and seven assists so far in 19 games.
They write that coach Pär Mårts can use Fasth is more ways than he can use other players. They write “Fasth is a sniper who probably can be really dangerous even at international level” and that the feeling is that Fasth has a high ceiling and “he will go far this year.”
He has two power play goals, is a plus seven and has 15 hits. Fasth averages over 19 minutes per game for HV71.
THIS SECTION has been following Jesper Fast(h) since he was drafted.
Sweden plays the Czech Republic today to start the tournament.
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.
Follow THIS LINK for a section dedicated to Fasth.
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.