Sep 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast carries the puck over the blue line during an NHL preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Kings won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Jesper Fast: Player Report Card

Player Name:

Jesper Fast #31

Position:

 Forward- Right wing

Personal Stats:

Height:6’0″

Weight: 185lbs

Shoots: Right

Season Numbers:

Games Played: 11

Points: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Shots on Goal: 7

Hits: 20

Blocked Shots: 7

Penalties In Minutes (PIM): 2

Average Time On Ice (TOI): 11:17

Strengths:

During training camp, Fast impressed New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault with his strength on the ice; though he was not able to stay with the Rangers at the NHL level. Fast has great vision, a high hockey IQ, and he makes plays happen. He sets his teammates up for great looks and keeps the puck moving smoothly, from all points on the ice. Fast even covers for his teammates who get over-committed to a certain plan of attack, even if it means an odd man rush against the Rangers.

Weaknesses:

In one word: scoring. Fast has got to start registering some points at the NHL level. Even after missing a large amount of time from the AHL with a foot injury, Fast was third in scoring for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He’s got to figure out how to get himself on the stat sheets quickly if he wants to stay in the  “big show”.

Post Season Prediction:

Fast will learn this year and gain valuable experience in his first NHL post season. Once the adrenaline wears off, he might slow down a bit. He will continue on at his current level of competition and make some valuable plays that will shock everyone, get ready for the great announcements Sam!

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  • JessRubenstein

    Really this is your idea of a report card and you say his weakness is scoring?

    Please the kid has all of 11 games in the NHL and calling scoring a weakness is sorry to say a poor evaluation. What were you expecting him to do score hat tricks from the moment he put on the Ranger jersey?

    Your own words regarding his strengths actually build a case for why Fast could stick with the Rangers. He brings energy to the lineup and they will need players like him in there if they want to go deep in the playoffs.

    As for his scoring most rookies tend to struggle as they made the adjustment to the faster speed of the NHL game. His scoring will come in time as he adapts to the NHL but to call it a weakness is just flat out wrong.

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      Really? What would you call his weakness? Why was he sent back to the AHL after his first 8 games? Could it have something to do with not hitting the stat sheets? Hrmmmm….. What keeps Kreider on the team over Fast? How about 17 goals and/or 20 assists.

      Fast is a very well rounded player, as I mentioned all over this piece. If you’ve read any of our other report cards you will see the same basic template. I didn’t say he was a bad player I just said he needs to work on transitioning his game, which will come in time. When he does hit his stride in scoring, it will be a huge decision on who stays in the line-up.

      You are reading weakness as faults or lack of abilities. It is meant as something to work on in his game.

      • JessRubenstein

        What would you call his weakness?

        Lack of experience at the NHL level, it takes time for a young player especially one who was developed in the European system of hockey to adapt to not only North American hockey but the NHL.

        It takes time for a 22 yr old to adjust to the speed that the NHL game is played at as well as playing a more physical game under smaller ice surfaces.

        Why was he sent back to the AHL after
        his first 8 games? Could it have something to do with not hitting the stat sheets?

        The Rangers needed a roster spot for Carl Hagelin who started the season on the IR or did you forget that? Had Hagelin not been injured then Fast would not have been on the opening roster.

        ” Hrmmmm….. What keeps Kreider on the team over Fast? How
        about 17 goals and/or 20 assists.

        Really do you honestly believe this? Did you forget that Kreider did not even make the opening roster this season? Why was he demoted? Let us ask the coach

        “I thought Chris had a good camp, but at the end of the day … we came to
        the conclusion that he’s a really young player and he needs to play,”
        http://www.lohud.com/story/sports/2013/09/29/rangers-send-chris-kreider-to-hartford-to-get-him-more-playing-time/2894071/

        Stats don’t always tell the story when it comes to young players like a Fast or even a Kreider.

        ” If you’ve read any of our other report cards you will see the same basic template.”

        And I can tell you that you need to take those templates and toss them in the trash as they are the wrong way to evaluate a prospect. Go read what those who evaluate prospects on a daily basis say on how to report card a prospect.

        ” I didn’t say he was a bad player I just said he needs to work on transitioning his game, which will come in time.”

        No you did not say that you said this:

        He’s got to figure out how to get himself on the stat sheets quickly if he wants to stay in the ”big show”.

        Please show me where you said that he needs work on his transition game (which by the way is not correct)? What Fast needs is time and the chance to make mistakes because that is how NHL rookies develop their game.

        What he really needs is for AV to get him out on the ice early in the game and get some shifts under his belt. He needs to see how the game is flowing and to adjust to that flow. He also needs to shake off the European tendency to try to make the “perfect play”

        Fast is more of an energy player than he is going to be a scorer, he needs to use his speed and willingness to skate into traffic to his advantage. Fast is more of a playmaker than a scorer so use him in those situations.

        • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

          European players don’t transition to the smaller ice well? Seriously? Yeah, tell Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin that… Granted, Hagelin played NCAA hockey but even that is different than even AHL or OHL level of play.

          Fast was not sent down to open a space for Hagelin. He was sent down to bring Kreider back up, feel free to check the transaction logs for Fast being reassigned and Kreider being called up. As I recall, there was a two day difference between the two transactions.

          It’s not appropriate to say lack of NHL playing time is Fast’s weakness when that is something over which he has no control. He can control his production when he is on the ice.

          Fast is more of a play maker than scorer? Hrm 17 goals and 17 assists in the AHL this season says he’s fairly balanced. While stat sheets don’t say everything about players it sure does help support an argument to keep someone on a team. At the end of the day you don’t win if you aren’t scoring. When Fast was sent down the team as a whole wasn’t scoring so the least experience got sent down first. That’s just logic. It’s not about just goal scoring, it’s also about helping others score. Fast is a far different player now than he was when he made the team out of camp.

          As far as our report card template, we aren’t evaluating prospects. We are doing a basic over view of the season before the playoffs start. They are simply primer pieces. We aren’t beat writers so we don’t produce the same wrote articles with inside info that they have access to on a daily basis. We are fans, writing for the FANSIDED network, in case you missed that on our site.

      • Pivot

        I like your take on this kid Fast. He’s looked good in the mins he’s played in the one playoffs game. He hits he makes smart decisions with and without the puck.
        I would like to help out BLUE Line during the playoffs. Giving whatever knowledge of the game I have. If that was ok. E-mail me again if you like. I replied to your last one on my phone. I don’t know if you got it but I’m ready at least to make a contribution during the playoffs. Just as long as I remain anonymous.