Fast Has Surgery, Out Five Months
As we reported on May 16, Jesper Fast did undergo hip surgery and will miss about five months of action. The exact nature of his injury was a labral repair of his left hip. Fast, an integral cog in the Rangers’ machine, is set to miss the start of the regular season with this recovery timeline. Fast could be expected back sometime in November.
This season, the 25-year-old Swede scored six goals to go with 15 assists for 21 points. He also put up six points in 12 postseason games (3G, 3A). He was selected as the recipient of the Player’s Player Award for the second consecutive season by his teammates. You never want to lose a player to injury, but in this situation, there is a silver lining.
Rangers fans and most likely management hope that Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee will look elsewhere to fill his roster, and won’t want to use a pick on an injured player. Yes, Fast will make a full recovery and it’s not a career ending type of injury. But for an expansion team looking to be competitive right off the bat, selecting someone who won’t be ready until at least the second month of the season wouldn’t exactly be the best decision. The targets on the backs of Michael Grabner and Oscar Lindberg just got bigger.
Look for more on the expansion draft, Fast and more in the coming week on Fulltilt Rangers.