Feb. 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather at a press conference before the game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Oscar Lindberg And Jesper Fast Lighting It Up Overseas

While there’s certainly a few Rangers prospects tearing it up on this side of the pond, on the other side we have Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast lighting up the SEL. It’s certainly a relief to see some prospects doing well,because outside of J.T. Miller (I’m not counting Chris Kreider) the cup board is bare. These two prospects can be challenging for roster spots in a couple years.

Oscar Lindberg is a center that down the road I think can be a Brian Boyle/Blair Betts type that can win face offs and play a solid two way game. Having watched a couple Skelleftea games this I think he can transition into a North American style game. He’s a point per game player this year with Skelleftea with 15 points in 15 games. He’s also been used in all situations which is nice to see as well.

Jesper Fast is a speedy winger (if his name didn’t give you any indication) who has 9 points in 13 games. Last year Fasth had a major knee injury and it’s good to see he picked up from his good start last year. While the top 6 on the Rangers looks set for the next couple years, it’s always nice to have prospects who can challenge for players positions. The Detroit Redwings model for success always has prospects ready to take over other players roles. People might have laughed when they traded away Sergei Fedorov to the Anaheim Ducks, but nobody was laughing after Pavel Datsyuk stepped in and became one of the league’s best players.

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