Jesper Fast
Jesper Fast
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
New York Rangers
Out
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Fast is coming off career highs of 13 goals, 33 points and 80 shots. That final number shows why he's going to have a hard time staying in the mainstream fantasy conversation, as Fast simply isn't a prolific scorer and fails to get the puck on net often. While his hard-nosed style and solid two-way game are important to the Rangers, Fast has just one power-play point and 270 shots in 287 career NHL games. The Swede's got a decent floor in fantasy leagues deep enough for players of his ilk, but owners in standard formats are better off gambling on youngsters with more upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year contract with the Rangers worth $1.85 AAV in July of 2017.
Thumb surgery needed
RWNew York Rangers
Thumb
April 7, 2019
Fast received surgery on his thumb Monday and will face a six-week recovery, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Fast broke his thumb and tore ligaments around the All-Star break, so this surgery was to aid his recovery since it wasn't healing properly. He finished the campaign with 20 points in 66 games. This surgery shouldn't affect Fast's status for next season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:43
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:48
0:06
1:35
2017–18
14:53
0:03
1:55
2018–19
15:43
0:07
1:44
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
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2013
Fast is a speedy winger -- naturally, with that name -- who plays with an edge and has grown into a valuable bottom-six role player for the Rangers. With plenty of talent ahead of him on the roster at right wing, it's hard to see him rising into top-six duties, which is probably for the best, but after netting just 21 points in an injury-shortened 2016-17, he should see a bit of a rebound toward the 30 he managed the season before.
Fast’s first full season in the NHL saw him produce 10 goals and 30 points in a strangely consistent sort of campaign – he didn’t have many hot streaks or slumps, just a steady trickle of offensive production. That’s fairly impressive production for a guy who not only saw zero power-play time, but also spent the second-most minutes among Rangers forwards on the penalty kill. The question Fast has to answer with his play in 2015-16 is whether he’s anything more than what we’ve seen so far, which is a speedy forward with a solid two-way game who’s best suited to the third line. He’ll have stiff competition for minutes at right wing, so Fast will have to look good early and often if he wants to earn his way into a premier role. It's worth noting, though, that Fast has been reasonably productive in Sweden as well as the AHL, and at the age of 24, he arguably hasn’t reached his ceiling yet.
Fast lives up to his name and more -- he's speedy, but the Rangers also value his toughness, and he's flashed offensive upside in the past, with a 35-point season in Sweden and 44 points in 58 career AHL games. He's ticketed for a bottom-six role, but he's got the moves and the willingness to do hard work in front of the net, so he should build on last year's meager 14 points. Eventually, the Swede could grow into a legitimate second-line winger, and he'll attempt to develop more consistency as he enters his first full NHL campaign.
Although not considered to be the cream of NHL prospects crop, Fast has certainly earned praise as one of the Rangers' most promising forwards in a weakened pipeline. In between collecting 17 goals, 17 assists with a plus-14 through 48 games with Hartford of the AHL, Fast found himself on a short list of players on call to New York last season. Although he was shutout in 11 regular season games, he made enough of an impression for head coach Alain Vigneault to trust him with three post-season appearances. Headed into training camp, Fast will once again find himself on a short list of players with a shot at filling the void left by personnel changes in the off-season.
It's been quite some time since the Rangers had a bonafide speedy phenom with exponential offensive skills and that's what the organization has in the artist formerly known as Jesper Fasth. After playing 47 games (18 goals and 17 assists) for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League last season, Fast was invited to practice with the Rangers. Shortly after, the 21-year-old was assigned to the AHL. Fast scored a goal in his only game with the Hartford Wolf Pack, before being listed as 'banged up' for the remainder of the AHL season. Listed by the Hartford Wolf Pack as 5'11,165 pounds, the former sixth round pick is by far one of the most talked-about prospects in the pipeline for the Rangers and could end up getting at a shot with the big club if injuries present the opportunity.
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Shut down for season
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
March 25, 2019
Fast will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season with an upper-body injury.
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Still hampered by injury
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
March 23, 2019
Fast (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
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Remains day-to-day
RWNew York Rangers
Upper Body
March 21, 2019
Fast missed practice again Thursday and remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
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Offense minimal lately
RWNew York Rangers
March 14, 2019
Fast's point drought hit six games in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver. He took one shot to go with a minus-1 rating over 16:26 of ice time.
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Little offensive impact in return
RWNew York Rangers
February 19, 2019
Fast (illness) fired a shot on net during 13:01 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
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