The New York Rangers recalled Jesper Fast (Fasth) from the Hartford Wolf Pack this morning and he already skated with the team in this morning’s practice. Yes, he was recalled, meaning he was with the team already this season. Fast is a 22-year-old right-wing from Sweden who isn’t a very big player; he’s 5-11 and 165lbs. Then again, the Rangers have a very clear divide among their players, the overly tall and the under short. Fast will fit in just fine. He is also fast enough to play with Carl Hagelin, something we have all learned the importance of this year.
After pre-season, it was Fast who made the team, not Chris Kreider. Fast played eight games at the start of the season. His numbers weren’t overly impressive, but compared to what the entire team was doing he wasn’t too bad. While he didn’t register any points, he also wasn’t a huge liability. While he was a -5, he wasn’t the worst on the team, he did have six shots on goal, and only two penalties in minutes. All the while he was averaging around 10 minutes of ice time per game.
He was sent down to the AHL on 29 October 2013 after Kreider was recalled on 20 October 2013. In 48 games this season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Fast has excelled. He was out of the line-up from 2 November 2013 through 20 December 2013 with, what was called, a sprained ankle. This weekend the Wolf Pack hosted the Norfolk Admirals and won 3-2. Fast registered two goals and an assist in the game for season totals of 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points. He is third on the team in goals scored, behind Danny Kristo and Ryan Bourque, in far fewer games. He skates at a +14 and has 30 penalties in minutes. He also has eight power play goals on the season. The AHL doesn’t track ice times the way the NHL does but Fast is capable of playing some solid minutes for the Rangers.