..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.
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.
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:
Adam Rotter: The Rangers created a roster spot by sending Kris Newbury down, but they seem to have their forwards for the final 14 games set. The decision could be whether to have Fast play in the AHL as the Whale look to make a run in the playoffs or to have him return to Sweden and play in the World Championships. I would think the Rangers would want Fast to play in Hartford so that they could watch him and start to acclimate him to the smaller ice and Rangers style of play.