It’s amazing what kind of effect a labour stoppage can have. With Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan firmly entrenched on the Rangers’ wings, with Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider both not going anywhere any time soon – and on the cusp of being essential Rangers – the pressure grows on all the potential Rangers wingers found at the levels below.
Jesper Fast is having a great start to the season in the SEL with HV71 and is proving that his fast start last season – unfortunately ruined by injury – was no fluke. When Fast is healthy he’s dangerous. What Fast is doing, more than anything else, is putting pressure on other prospects such as Christian Thomas, to be the next guy.
With so many ‘current’ Rangers off the ice from a competitive perspective, it’s left to Thomas, Fast and co. to ‘fight it out’ to be the next in line. Fast has served notice with 6 points in 11 games. The JT Millers and Christian Thomas’ of the Rangers world need to return serve and begin the season well