Fast received surgery on his thumb Monday and will face a six-week recovery, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Fast broke his thumb and tore ligaments around the All-Star break, so this surgery was to aid his recovery since it wasn't healing properly. He finished the campaign with 20 points in 66 games. This surgery shouldn't affect Fast's status for next season.
Fast will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season with an upper-body injury. With just eight games left in a lost season, the Rangers won't risk Fast's long-term health and instead have decided to shut him down for good. At this point, nothing suggests Fast won't be ready for training camp next season, as he prepares to play out the final year of his contract. He'll finish 2018-19 with 20 points in 66 games.
Fast (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Maple Leafs. While Fast isn't a dynamic offensive contributor for fantasy purposes, the Rangers lose out on a proficient penalty-killer with refined two-way skills whenever he's a no-go. The Swede reportedly will be replaced by a Jets trade-deadline castoff, Brendan Lemieux, in the upcoming contest.
Fast missed practice again Thursday and remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Fast still has some time to recover ahead of Saturday's contest against the Leafs, but the Rangers have little reason to rush him back into action. Even when he does rejoin the lineup, the 27-year-old's fantasy prospects remain dim considering he owns just 20 points through 66 games and he doesn't participate on the power play.
Fast's point drought hit six games in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver. He took one shot to go with a minus-1 rating over 16:26 of ice time. A hard-nosed player who does the dirty work along the boards and in front of the net, Fast hasn't been rewarded much for his hustle of late, having lit the lamp only once since Jan. 10. He's far from the only unproductive member of a Rangers team that's playing out the string after a trade-deadline selloff.
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