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.”
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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.
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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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According to the AHL Transaction wire, the Rangers have sent Jesper Fast down to Hartford.
Conor Allen has also signed an ATO with the Whale. This means that he can play for the Whale but it won’t burn a year off of his entry-level deal.
Fast practiced with the Rangers yesterday but he may need to return to Sweden by 4/15.