25-Year-Old Right Wing – New York Rangers
Jesper Fast Contract Information:
Signed a three-year contract with the Rangers worth $1.85 AAV in July of 2017.
Fast finished with an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win against the Oilers.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Fastís first full season in the NHL saw him produce 10 goals and 30 points in a strangely consistent sort of campaign Ė he didnít have many hot streaks or slumps, just a steady trickle of offensive production. Thatís fairly impressive production for a guy who not only saw zero power-play time, but also spent the second-most minutes among Rangers forwards on the penalty kill. The question Fast has to answer with his play in 2015-16 is whether heís anything more than what weíve seen so far, which is a speedy forward with a solid two-way game whoís best suited to the third line. Heíll have stiff competition for minutes at right wing, so Fast will have to look good early and often if he wants to earn his way into a premier role. It's worth noting, though, that Fast has been reasonably productive in Sweden as well as the AHL, and at the age of 24, he arguably hasnít reached his ceiling yet.
Fast lives up to his name and more -- he's speedy, but the Rangers also value his toughness, and he's flashed offensive upside in the past, with a 35-point season in Sweden and 44 points in 58 career AHL games. He's ticketed for a bottom-six role, but he's got the moves and the willingness to do hard work in front of the net, so he should build on last year's meager 14 points. Eventually, the Swede could grow into a legitimate second-line winger, and he'll attempt to develop more consistency as he enters his first full NHL campaign.
Although not considered to be the cream of NHL prospects crop, Fast has certainly earned praise as one of the Rangers' most promising forwards in a weakened pipeline. In between collecting 17 goals, 17 assists with a plus-14 through 48 games with Hartford of the AHL, Fast found himself on a short list of players on call to New York last season. Although he was shutout in 11 regular season games, he made enough of an impression for head coach Alain Vigneault to trust him with three post-season appearances. Headed into training camp, Fast will once again find himself on a short list of players with a shot at filling the void left by personnel changes in the off-season.
It's been quite some time since the Rangers had a bonafide speedy phenom with exponential offensive skills and that's what the organization has in the artist formerly known as Jesper Fasth. After playing 47 games (18 goals and 17 assists) for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League last season, Fast was invited to practice with the Rangers. Shortly after, the 21-year-old was assigned to the AHL. Fast scored a goal in his only game with the Hartford Wolf Pack, before being listed as 'banged up' for the remainder of the AHL season. Listed by the Hartford Wolf Pack as 5'11,165 pounds, the former sixth round pick is by far one of the most talked-about prospects in the pipeline for the Rangers and could end up getting at a shot with the big club if injuries present the opportunity.