The 2018-19 season is underway for the New York Rangers, despite the poor record, it was a good start for some young players.
Boy were the New York Rangers not kidding when they said that this was going to be a rebuild.
Off to an early 0-3-0 start to the young season, the Rangers had a hard time getting off to the start they wanted to. Despite that, we saw performances from several young players that are expected to be major parts of this team not only in the present but, in the future as well.
With that, here are the three stars of the week spanning Oct. 4 through Oct. 7.
3. Jesper Fast
Jesper Fast might be a veteran but, he is still developing into one of the games best all-around players.
Jesper Fast snags the first New York Rangers goal of the season. What a pass by the kid. 1-1 game. #NYR pic.twitter.com/vkBeZVGnHt
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) October 5, 2018
Fast had a three-point week for the Blueshirts that saw him score the team’s first goal of 2018-19 along with picking up two assists. This week also saw the 26-year-old score his 100th career point against Carolina.
The hope for Fast is that he continues to play his solid two-way game while working on contributing offensively. In 2017-18, the man they call “Quickie” scored a career-high 33 points. He will be looking to add another career high in 2018-19.
2. Brett Howden
Brett Howden shocked most of Rangerstown beating out Lias Andersson but, he is showing why he was the right call.
Brett Howden – New York Rangers pic.twitter.com/1D80NTO9qr
— First NHL Goals (@FirstNHLGoal) October 7, 2018
Howden saw himself collect his first two career points that included his first career goal in the Rangers second game of the season in Buffalo. He got to a rebound that broke Carter Hutton’s shutout to give the Blueshirts a glimpse of hope in a 3-1 loss.
As Howden has gotten comfortable in his first three games, head coach David Quinn gave him more and more responsibility. He was one of the few bright spots in the Blueshirts’ disappointing 8-5 loss to the Carolina Sunday.
1. Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey is proving all of his doubters wrong so far this season.
#NYR got the scoring started 49 seconds in with this Vesey ?
Hayes with the nice ? pic.twitter.com/6qovI2H6qw
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 7, 2018
Vesey was perhaps the most dominant Ranger all week. He only finished with two goals, but in reality, he could have had four or five goals.
If this is the type of game that Vesey is going to give the Rangers on a nightly basis, all the talk about him being a bust will go out the window. He’s starting to see time with top-line players, becoming one of their important players.
- Chris Kreider: Two goals in three games this week.
- Filip Chytil: Two assists.
- Pavel Buchnevich: Two goals.