World Juniors: Sweden 6 (Jesper Fasth 2) Czech Republic 3

Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 6 to 3 today at the World Junior Championships.

2010 6th round pick Jesper Fasth had two goals in the win while 2009 5th round pick Roman Horak took two penalties.

Fasth has three goals and one assist in the tournament. Horak hasn’t registered a point.

…Not a great tournament for Roman Horak so far, but Jesper Fasth is only building the hype, for me, with his play so far

Note: Jesper Fasth Had An Assist In Sweden’s WJC Win

Sweden defeated Norway 7-1 in their opening round game at the World Junior Championships.

2010 sixth round pick Jesper Fasth had an assist on Sweden’s sixth goal scored by Tim Erixon.

Fasth is wearing number 18 for Sweden and had one shot in the first period.

Sweden next plays Russia on Tuesday.

Canada defeated Russia 6-3 today.

Prospect Park: Learn About Jesper Fasth

..I have been sitting on this link since last week, just waiting for the right time.Fasth was the Rangers 6th round pick this past June and will play for Sweden at the World Junior Championships this month.

Note: Jesper Fasth And Roman Horak Also Going To The WJC

In addition to Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque being named to the preliminary roster for Team USA, Rangers prospects Jesper Fasth (Sweden) and Roman Horak (Czech Republic) have been invited to their respective countries preliminary camps for the World Junior Champions according to the team.

Horak had15 goals and 19 assists for Chilliwack of the WHL. Last year playing for the Czech Republic at the WJC, Horak had one goal and one assist with seven shots on goal and was a minus four in six games. Horak was the Rangers 5th round pick in 2009.

Fasth has four goals and four assists in 24 games for HV71 i the Swedish Elite league. He was the Rangers 6th round pick in 2010.

…The European guys intrigue me and I hope to see them perform at this tournament.

News: 6th And 7th Round Picks, Jesper Fasth And Randy McNaught

In the 6th round, the Rangers took Swedish winger Jesper Fasth, and in the 7th round, they took Randy McNaught from Saskatoon.

Fasth is 6-foot, 176 pounds, and scored 23 goals and 26 assists last season for his HV71 J20 team.

…Love this pick. Love getting a Swedish scorer with decent size and scoring in the 6th round. Not saying it goes anywhere, but this pick is only upside as far as I am concerned.

McNaught is a 6-5 221 RW who played last season with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. He had 6 goals, 6 assists and 131 PIMS.

…So the moral of the this draft was making the Rangers tough and adding a lot of size. There was skill with Thomas and hopefully this Swedish player, but a lot of size. Henrik Lundqvist was run into too much this season, and they were knocked around enough that they wanted this to be part of the direction of the team.

They have a lot of skill in young players on the team and in the system that they could go in this direction this year. Dylan McIlrath, whether you like the pick or not, gives them a banger back on the blue line for the first time since Jeff Beukeboom. Not a sexy draft; that was saved for the Islanders. The Isles took Nino Niederreiter, Brock Nelson, ANNOUNCED BY E FROM ENTOURAGE, and then Kirill Kabanov in the third round.

After the jump, courtesy of Dagoon44 on twitter, is video of McNaught fighting:

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Read: Jesper Fast’s game yesterday and how happy everyone is for him

Jesper FastJesper Fast had a goal, his first regular season goal, and an assist in 10:03 of ice time yesterday.

Fast had 3 hits and 3:04 in the first, 4:01 in the second and 2:58 in the third.

He was on the ice for 9 shot attempts for and 9 against and played mostly with Dominic Moore and JT Miller. (Natural Stat Trick)

Mats Zuccarello said that ever since Fast has been with the team he has been “very effective” and he is a smart player who improves every day. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello adds that Fast is a modest player who has been very good. (VG)

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Read: The Rangers trust Jesper Fast (Updates)

Jesper Fast2:06PM: Alain Vigneault said of Fast today “the feedback that we got from the staff there was that he had been playing extremely well, very dependable at both ends of the rink. We wanted a right winger, not a center and he was their best right now and we called him up.”

Fast said today (NYR):

  • On his season so far, “I thought I had a good preseason. It was disappointing to be sent down but it’s how it is an to be ready for the next opportunity.”
  • “It’s my second year here, it’s all about development and being the best player that I can and getting better.”
  • On Hartford, “we have a great group of guys both on and off the ice. Oscar has been playing really good, we just give him the puck and he goes. We have good chemistry and hopefully keep it up.”

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NEWS: Jesper Fast called up

Jesper FastThe Rangers have called up Jesper Fast from Hartford. (Larry Brooks)

Fast’s cap hit is $805,500.

In 11 games with the Wolf Pack, Fast has 1 goal and 8 assists, a minus two rating, 2 PIM and 17 shots on goal.

Fast played three games with the Rangers this season, had 3 shots on goal, a minus one rating, 2 blocked shots and 12:41 per game with 1:47 on the PK.

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