Jesper Fast
Jesper Fast
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
New York Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Fast regressed back to 20 points last season after riding a career-high 16.3 shooting percentage to career highs in goals (13) and points (33) in 2017-18. The hard-working forward will likely finish somewhere between those totals this season while continuing to serve in a bottom-six role. Every NHL team needs guys like Fast, but as far as fantasy goes, he can be overlooked in all but the deepest of formats due to his low ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year contract with the Rangers worth $1.85 AAV in July of 2017.
Snags helper on Opening Night
RWNew York Rangers
October 4, 2019
Fast recorded an assist, a blocked shot and two PIM in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Jets.
Fast took an ill-timed holding penalty in the offensive zone with New York nursing a one-goal lead in the final minutes, but he was bailed out by a shorthanded goal from Brendan Smith into an empty net. The Swedish winger's work ethic and professionalism are revered in the locker room, but those attributes only translate to a limited scoring output, which takes Fast off the fantasy radar outside of deeper formats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Fast is coming off career highs of 13 goals, 33 points and 80 shots. That final number shows why he's going to have a hard time staying in the mainstream fantasy conversation, as Fast simply isn't a prolific scorer and fails to get the puck on net often. While his hard-nosed style and solid two-way game are important to the Rangers, Fast has just one power-play point and 270 shots in 287 career NHL games. The Swede's got a decent floor in fantasy leagues deep enough for players of his ilk, but owners in standard formats are better off gambling on youngsters with more upside.
Fast is a speedy winger -- naturally, with that name -- who plays with an edge and has grown into a valuable bottom-six role player for the Rangers. With plenty of talent ahead of him on the roster at right wing, it's hard to see him rising into top-six duties, which is probably for the best, but after netting just 21 points in an injury-shortened 2016-17, he should see a bit of a rebound toward the 30 he managed the season before.
Fast’s first full season in the NHL saw him produce 10 goals and 30 points in a strangely consistent sort of campaign – he didn’t have many hot streaks or slumps, just a steady trickle of offensive production. That’s 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 he’s anything more than what we’ve seen so far, which is a speedy forward with a solid two-way game who’s best suited to the third line. He’ll 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 hasn’t 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.
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Suiting up against Devils
RWNew York Rangers
September 20, 2019
Fast (thumb) will make his preseason debut in Friday's matchup with New Jersey, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
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Thumb surgery needed
RWNew York Rangers
April 7, 2019
Fast received surgery on his thumb Monday and will face a six-week recovery, Dan Rosen of reports.
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Shut down for season
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Upper Body
March 25, 2019
Fast will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season with an upper-body injury.
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Still hampered by injury
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Upper Body
March 23, 2019
Fast (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
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Remains day-to-day
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Upper Body
March 21, 2019
Fast missed practice again Thursday and remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
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