Jesper Fast was awarded the Player's Player award last season which is given to the Ranger "who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."
Fast scored the game-winning goal Sunday and ended the game by blocking a shot.
Henrik Lundqvist said that Fast "pays the price" every night. (Rangers Game Notes)
Lundqvist added, "he sacrifices his body for the team, blocking shots, taking his and he is a very smart player. He makes a lot of good plays out there that I don't think he gets credit for. We see how he makes critical plays around the blue lines and he is a very important player to have on the team." (Rangers Game Notes)
JT Miller said that Fast knows his role and said "he's one of the best shot-blockers I've seen, so for him to come up with the game-winner and then make a big block, it's pretty fitting for him." (Rangers Game Notes)
Ryan McDonagh said that Fast is a guy who works and competes so hard in practice and that it was "great" to see him get rewarded with the winner.
Joe Micheletti said that Fast could be more of an offensive player but focuses mostly on defense and being a responsible two-way player.
Fast has been praised by his teammates previously for the role that he plays on the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: Fast is one of those role players that every good team needs to have. He can kill penalties, is reliable defensively and in certain moments can pop in a goal or two. I think that Alain Vigneault sometimes uses him up in the lineup more than he probably should, but Vigneault knows that Fast will bring responsibility and dependability to that spot when he gets moved around. He's a bottom-six player but one that the Rangers will miss immensely if they were to lose him in the expansion draft.