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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