At practice yesterday, Alain Vigneault had Ryan Callahan skating with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt on the Rangers third line. Callahan replaced Jesper Fast who was skating on the fourth line with Dominic Moore, JT Miller and Derek Dorsett.
Fast told Brooks that was “average” against the Coyotes and didn’t play as well as he wanted to. He said that he hopes he gets another chance to show he deserves to stay at the NHL level.
He said that he had some struggles dealing with extended time on the bench when either the PP or PK were on the ice and that while he isn’t using that as an excuse, it’s something the needs to get better at.
Fast had one shot and one hit in 10:13 on Thursday.
In the first period, Fast played 2:55 and had 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 3 minutes and five minutes between shifts.
In the second period, Fast played 3:14 and had 3 minutes, 7 minutes and 5 minutes between shifts.
In the third period, Fast played 4:04 and had 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 6 minutes and 3 minutes between shifts.
In describing Fast’s debut, Joe Micheletti and Dave Maloney said on MSG that he is a “smart little Swedish player” who does good things with the puck and is also responsible defensively.