Jesper Fast played in 68 games for the Rangers this season, scoring 6 goals, 15 assists and an average of 13:48 per game.
In the playoffs, Fast, 25, had 3 goals and 3 assists in 12 games and averaged 14:59 per game.
When Fast was injured earlier in the year, Alain Vigneault said that Fast "is such a hard worker, such a competitive kid. Every time he is on the ice he is puck battling, blocking shots. He is really appreciated by his teammates because of that effort and the little things that he does battle level wise. Really solid player."
Ryan McDonagh said during the year that Fast sets an example for other Ranger forwards and that "guys literally love the way he battles and competes." (NY Post)
The Hockey News has projected the cap hits for Fast this season at $1 million to $2 million.
For the second straight season Fast was the winner of the Rangers Players' Player Award.
Adam Rotter: Fast is someone that Alain Vigneault has an immense amount of trust in, both to put out in key situations as well as move up in the lineup if need be. He needs a new contract and the Rangers would be wise to lock him up for a few years, at probably a pretty reasonable rate, as long as Vegas doesn't take him. Fast has some offensive talent and is probably good for between 20 and 30 points a season but his work ethic is what makes him so important. He's someone who plays tough minutes, almost always starts his shifts in the defensive zone and is willing to get physical if need be. The Rangers will be able to survive if they lose Fast to Vegas but Alain Vigneault will need to find someone else to put his trust in.