The New York Rangers announced that restricted free agent Jesper Fast has extended for three-years. This contract entails an average annual value of $1.85 million – an increase from his previous AAV of $950,000.
The 25-year-old right-winger first made his NHL debut with the Rangers in the 2013-14 season. Since the 2014-15 season, Fast has become a key two-way player in New York. Last season, in 68 regular season games, he scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists; 1.6 per 60 at 5v5). At 5v5, he had 91 hits, 23 takeaways, and 31 blocked shots. Additionally, he impressed in the playoffs with six points (three goals, three assists) in 12 games.
Fast has become known for his strong defensive play (55.39 Corsi against per 60 and 2.33 expected goals against per 60 at 5v5 last season), penalty killing, versatility in the lineup when needed, and exceptional effort in every shift he takes – that inspired his teammates to nominate him as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award this past season.
After the season concluded, Fast underwent a labral repair of his left hip that will cause him to miss the start of the season. However, once healthy, he will return to the role that has made him such an important player in New York.