He said that he wants to play "as much as possible" and needs to show the coaches that he is "getting better." (NYR)
Jesper Fast (Jesper Fasth)
In 19 playoff games, Fast averaged 14:49 per game and played 21:24 in the Rangers Game 7 win over Washington and over 18 minutes in both Game 6 and 7 against Tampa Bay.
Alain Vigneault said during the playoffs that Fast is a "real smart, hard working player."
He said that scoring is good for his confidence but he doesn't take any positives out of the game because the Rangers lost. (The Record)
Derek Stepan said that Fast has played "great" for the Rangers and has developed nice chemistry with himself and Chris Kreider. (The Record)
9:37AM: In game two on Saturday, Jesper Fast was moved up to skate with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider and had an assist, 2 shots on goal, 2 hits and 2 giveaways in 15:05.
Fast played 5:36 of the third period including 5 shifts in the final 10:30 and a shift of 1:23 with Braden Holtby pulled.
Fast has three shots in the past two games and has skated with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin on the Rangers third line.
In the past two games, Fast has started 12 shifts in the offensive zone, 10 in the neutral zone and 3 in the defense zone. (War On Ice)
Joe Micheletti said, "The goal he scored was so deserving."
Joe added that Fast has been given a chance to be more offensive now and his confidence is growing because of it. He said that Fast is a very smart player who the Rangers have relied on for his defense.
He played 9:39, had an even rating and blocked two shots.
Fast played 3:113 in the first, 2:55 in the second and 3:31 in the third with 1:09 on the PK.
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Fast said, It feels pretty good, getting better every day, feel like I am close to being ready. (NYR)
10:28AM: Fast is skating with the defensemen today. (Gross)
10:26AM: Jesper Fast is skating this morning in a regular jersey and not the non-contact jersey he had been skating with. (Gross)
2/22/15 | 12:08PM: Alain Vigneault says that Fast is expected to take part in full practice this week. (Zipay)
11:04AM: Fast is shooting the puck at the morning skate. (Zipay)
2/16/15 | 1:17PM: Jesper Fast is undergoing physical therapy but is not yet ready to resume skating because of his sprained knee. (NYR)
Fast was at the Nassau Coliseum today but limping around. He recently got his knee brace off. (Andrew Gross)
Joe Micheletti said recently that Vigneault couldn't say enough good things about Fast, calling his work ethic "exemplary" and saying that he goes to the net and he gives it his all on every shift.
Right before the season Vigneault said, "when he is on the ice, coaches and management have a lot of trust that he will do the right thing. In his role it?s more of a 3/4 line player who will help us kill penalties."
On the season, the Rangers are 16-5-2 when Fast is in the lineup.
Fast has 3 goals and 3 assists in 23 games, has 18 shots on goal, 43 hits, 10 blocked shots, 1 giveaway, 5 takeaways and an average of 11:11 per game.
8:41PM: With 5 minutes left in the second period, Jesper Fast put a shot on net from in close that he thought was in but was not ruled a goal on the ice.
Play continued for another 16 seconds before the horn was blown inside play to stop play. The referee went to the penalty box and was given a headset where he reviewed the play which confirmed that the puck did cross the line.
The 13:01 was Fast's fourth highest time on ice of the season.
He played 5:01 in the first, 3:41 in the second and 4:19 in the third with 28 seconds on the PK.
12/31/14 | 8:38AM: For the first time in 15 games, Jesper Fast was a healthy scratch on Monday night against Dallas.
Alain Vigneault said that Fast has been playing well but felt that sitting him out against Dallas was the "right thing to do." (Daily News)
Jesper Fast will come out of the lineup and be a healthy scratch. (NYR)
He says that Zuccarello is a small player but one who gets a lot out of his size. Fast says that Zuccarello has a big heart. (VG)
Zuccarello said in late November that Fast had been very good for the Rangers. (VG)
He said that Fast is a good role player for the Rangers who can play big minutes in the bottom six. Lundqvist added that scoring a couple of goals should help Fast's confidence. (Hockey Sverige)
On Carl Hagelin, Lundqvist said that he is a "strong skater" with good speed and is a player who sees the game really well and make "great passes."
Fast had 3 hits and 3:04 in the first, 4:01 in the second and 2:58 in the third.
He was on the ice for 9 shot attempts for and 9 against and played mostly with Dominic Moore and JT Miller. (Natural Stat Trick)
Fast had two hits and a takeaway but did not register a shot attempt. He played 3:30 in the first, 3:35 in the second and 5:15 in the third while skating with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass.
When he was on the ice, he only played at even strength, the Rangers had 6 shot attempts for while surrendering 17.
Fast said today (NYR):
- On his season so far, "I thought I had a good preseason. It was disappointing to be sent down but it's how it is an to be ready for the next opportunity."
- "It's my second year here, it's all about development and being the best player that I can and getting better."
- On Hartford, "we have a great group of guys both on and off the ice. Oscar has been playing really good, we just give him the puck and he goes. We have good chemistry and hopefully keep it up."
- Mat Bodie: 1 assist, minus one
- Conor Allen: minus two
- Dylan McIlrath: minus one, holding and roughing penalties
- Ryan Bourque: minus two, 1 shot, unsportsmanlike conduct
- JT Miller: 1 goal, 6 shots
- Marek Hrivik: 1 goal, minus one, 2 shots
- Chris Bourque: 1 goal, plus one, 4 shots, tripping penalty
- Oscar Lindberg: minus FOUR, 2 shots, roughing penalty
- Jesper Fast: 2 assists, minus one, 5 shots, holding penalty
- Danny Kristo: minus two, 1 shot, fight
- Ryan Haggerty: minus three, 3 shots
Marek Hrivik goal:
Fast played in three games to start the season, was a minus one, had three shots on goal, 2 blocked shots and an average of 12:41 per game. He also saw 1:47 per game on the PK.
Miller was a minus four in three games, had 7 shots on goal, 4 hits, 3 blocked shots, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways, 9 faceoff wins and 14 losses and average of 12:06 per game.
Matt Hunwick will come into the lineup and be paired with John Moore.
Fast said that he was "fine" but still sore. (Ranger Rants)
10/10/14 | 10:25AM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG last night that Jesper Fast's hand was sore from blocking a shot.
Former Rangers who wore #13, Nikolai Zherdev, Sergei Nemchinov, Valeri Kamensky and Dan Carcillo.
On the MSG training camp show, Sam Rosen said, "I think he makes the team. Everyone that I talk to is very high on him, loves his play on the ice, the intelligence with which he plays, always in the right position, defensively responsible, a regular on the PK and has been very good and he has added some goal scoring."
Joe Micheletti added that Fast is bigger and stronger and brings a high level of intelligence about how to play the game.
Fast says that he feels more comfortable this season knowing his teammates and what the expectations are of him. He says that he feels more confident. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that Alain Vigneault felt "safe" with Fast last season because of his play away from the puck. Fast says that the players are aware of how many spots are up for grabs.
He says that you have to believe in yourself but the competition will be "very tough" and many players are interested in the open spots. (Expressen)
On Oscar Lindberg's chances to make the team, Fast says that Lindberg "has a good chance" and is "next in line." Fast says that both players have a shot at making the roster with good camps. (Expressen)
Fast said that he was offered a bunch of different numbers over the summer in the 40s and 50s and decided to go with #91 because that was the year he was born.(Rangers)
Other Rangers who have worn #91 include:
He averaged 11:17 per game in the regular season and 9:39 per game for the Rangers in the playoffs in mostly a bottom six role.
In the AHL, Fast had 17 goals and 17 assists in 48 games.
- Dan Boyle: 22
- Tanner Glass: 15
- Lee Stempniak: 12
Matthew Lombardi, Michael Kostka, Matt Hunwick and Steven Kampfer are still without numbers.
Alain Vigneault said on MSG after the game that he didn't want to go into all the reasons why he made the changes but having fresh legs was part of it.
- First Period: 3:32
- Second Period: 4:11
- Third Period: 4:17
- First Period: 4:02
- Second Period: 5:47
- Third Period: 4:05
Fast said that he is more comfortable and knows what to expect in the NHL now. (Ranger Rants)
- Chris McCarthy: 1 shot
- Conor Allen: nothing on scoresheet
- Dylan McIlrath: plus one, 1 shot
- Ryan Bourque: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus 2, 6 shots
- JT Miller: 1 assist, 3 shots, high sticking and hooking penalty
- Marek Hrivik: plus 2, 1 shot, interference penalty
- Oscar Lindberg: nothing on scoresheet
- Jesper Fast: 2 goals, 1 assist, plus 2, 3 shots
- Danny Kristo: 2 shots
- ?Conor Allen: 3 shots
- Dylan McIlrath: plus one, 1 shot
- Ryan Bourque: plus one
- JT Miller: 2 assists, 4 shots
- Marek Hrivik: 2 shots
- Oscar Lindberg: 1 goal, plus one, 6 shots
- Jesper Fast: 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots,
- Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, holding penalty
- Conor Allen: 2 assists, plus one, 1 shot, slashing penalty
- Dylan McIlrath: minus one, 2 shots
- Ryan Bourque: 1 goal, 2 assists, plus 4, 3 shots
- JT Miller: 1 goal, 3 assists, plus 4, 1 shot
- Marek Hrivik: nothing on scoresheet
- Oscar Lindberg: 2 shots
- Jesper Fast: 1 goal, plus 3, 1 shot
- Danny Kristo: 1 shot