New York Rangers prospect Jesper Fasth more or less shattered his foot/ankle (video here if you want to watch it; not for the squeamish) and his season and possibly long-term development were put in serious jeopardy. When putting the injury in perspective, though, Fasth has made a relatively quick recovery. Today, Fasth skated for the first time since the injury. According to Fasth, the “goal” is to be conditioned in time to suit up for HV71, his team, once the Swedish Elite League’s playoffs begin.
This is excellent news for Fasth and thus for the Rangers. Fasth’s play in the Swedish Elite League prior to the injury had impressed Rangers scouts and European media and his stock has certainly raised since being drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 draft. Though not on the level of a Chris Kreider or Dylan McIlrath, Fasth is definitely a prospect with real potential to make an impact in the NHL and his development as a hockey player being crippled by an injury would be unfortunate. It’s still undetermined if Fasth will indeed play again this season but the fact that he is back on the ice now is step in the right direction for his development as a hockey player.