How Fast and Lindberg will help shape the Rangers roster

October 19, 2012, by

Amid the brief optimism and subsequent let down of the lockout negotiations (aka ‘far apart’) Rangers prospects have been getting it done and, which has been the case all season long, the Swedish contingent are shining bright.

Jesper Fasth continued his strong start to the SEL season and now has 9 points in 14 games for HV71. Fast grabbed two goals on Wednesday as HV71 beat Färjestad 4-3. The most encouraging thing in regard to Fasth is the fact he’s producing on the powerplay (2 of his 6 goals so far) and is seeing considerable ice time at close to 20 minutes/game.

Clearly, Fasth is becoming a go-to option for his club which should stand him in good stead long term. With Oscar Lindberg still scoring at a point/game clip (now 14 in 14) come next season there will likely be another two Swedes making a serious case for inclusion on the Rangers roster.

So how does this affect the roster, aside from player turnover?

With the possible inclusion of Fasth and Lindberg the Rangers get, above all else, quicker. The Rangers in the past have had difficulty handling quicker teams and the gradual inclusion of skaters such as Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh on the back end, and most recently Chris Kreider has seen the Rangers able to match up to most squads. With Fasth and Lindberg, the club will only be deeper in the speed stakes.

Perhaps the best part of the future Rangers is the amount of ‘different looks’ and variety teams will have to deal with up front. In the top six you have the outright speed of Gaborik, the relentless hustle of Callahan and the size and speed of Rick Nash and (in all likelihood) Chris Kreider. Beyond that group the likes of Fasth, Lindberg, Hagelin and Brian Boyle mean teams will need to game plan for a wide array of types. There’s no smurf unit on the Rangers any longer and there’s no plundering, slow footed unit either.

The increased speed on the Rangers will allow coach Tortorella to game plan aggressively, forecheck at will and take more chances offensively. With players such as Carl Hagelin the coach can afford a little more room for error knowing that players can get recover that more quickly. Now, if only they could get a CBA sorted we could see what the line up will do to opposition on a nightly basis.


  1. Jeff P says:

    Before you put too much stock in performances in SEL, I want to remind you that MZA was an SEL MVP.

    • Chris says:

      @Jeff P, He was also the size of an
      Undeveloped 13 year old…

      • rob sahm says:

        @Chris, siz dont matter unless your talking about woman. the great scores in N.H.L. history were no bigger then 6ft tall . gretzky , bossy , marcel dionne, the list goes on i dont buy the pee wee garbage if your strong on your skates and you have a strong upper body you can play with the big boys.

      • Jeff P says:

        @Chris, Size is overrated. Take my two Callahan and Dubinsky. They were drafted in the same year, Dubi in the 2nd round and Cally in the 4th, just because Dubi is 2-3 inches bigger. Callahan consistently outscored Dubi throughout their respective minor league careers and guess what, he’s outscored him in the NHL too.

        • Jeff P says:

          @Jeff P, “Take my two Callahan and Dubinsky” should be Take my two favorite Rangers, Callahan and Dubinsky

  2. Walt says:

    The other day I posted that it was nice to have options, and with speed, that is icing on the cake!!!!

    If these two kids make the team, and can contribute a little offense, wow. Then there still is J T Miller, almost ready himself as well, we look very good for the long term. In the college ranks we have Shjay, and Boo, both with nice speed, we should change our name to the NY Roadrunners!!!!!

  3. MBN says:

    Bottom line – “you can’t teach speed”