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Rangers recall Swedish speedster Fast

Apr 7, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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Looking to replace some of the speed and skating ability lost after Chris Kreider went down to injury, the Rangers have recalled Jesper Fast from AHL Hartford, the club announced on Monday.

Fast, 22, made the Rangers out of training camp this year while Carl Hagelin recovered from a shoulder injury. Fast’ stats weren’t great — no points, minus-5 in eight games — but that did come at a time where New York struggled mightily without a few of its top players (Hagelin, Ryan Callahan) while playing 10 of 12 games in October on the road.

Here’s more, from the New York Daily News:

The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (157th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft is a skilled forward with skating ability. Fast has scored 17 goals and notched 17 assists for 34 points in 48 AHL games this season, along with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. He ranks third on the Wolf Pack in goals and seventh in both assists and overall points.

Fast recorded a point on all three Hartford goals in a 3-2 victory against Norfolk on Sunday. His three-point performance marked a single-game career-high.

As for Kreider, two weesk ago it was reported he could miss up to a month with a broken hand. The Rangers addressed the injury (and subsequent surgery) on Mar. 28, and it was unclear if their designation as “out indefinitely” meant Kreider would be out for longer than a month.
However long he’s out, the Rangers will miss him. The 22-year-old winger has 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games, his 37 points ranking him sixth in team scoring.

  1. davebabychreturns - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Two hours and nary a pun? Is this some kind of Godwin’s law-scale restraint on the part of the PHT commentariat… first one to make a joke about the speedy guy named “Fast” loses?

    • barkar942 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      I told my daughter in pre season- What a great name for a hockey player- FAST. That was so last September.

      • barkar942 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        And actually, he was not too bad from what I saw of him.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      the word commentariat was my favorite part of that awesome comment.

      honestly though, I just couldn’t think of a funny pun… there may legitimately not be a funny joke to be made about that name without tipping the scales toward stupid.

  2. slaugin - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Too easy

  3. bleedrangerblue - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Hope he plays hard and scores a few. With Richards not scoring , St Louis not scoring it’s safe to say this is a golden opportunity for him. LGR!!

  4. jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I’ll take the bait: Fast’s a better name than Slow for an athlete.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Fast or Quick, go.

  5. hockeyfan763 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    The Rangers should draft his younger brother Extremely.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      nyuk nyuk nyuk

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