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Rangers agree to terms with Miller, Fast

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forwards J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast.

 

Miller, 22, skated in 58 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-five rating and 23 penalty minutes. He established NHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (two), and power play points (three). Miller tied for fifth on the Rangers in game-winning goals and ranked sixth in shooting percentage (10.9%). He registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in the final 13 games of the regular season and he posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 33 of the final 38 regular season contests.
 
The 6-1, 200-pounder also registered one goal and seven assists for eight points, along with a plus-three rating and two penalty minutes in 19 playoff games with the Rangers this past season. Miller established NHL playoff career-highs in games played, goals, assists, and points, and tied his playoff career-high in plus/minus rating. He tied for third on the Rangers in assists, tied for fourth in power play assists (two), and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating in the playoffs. He established single-game NHL playoff career-highs with three assists, four points, and a plus-four rating, and tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay on May 26. Miller, along with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard, became the first Ranger to tally at least four points in a game which the Rangers faced elimination since Mark Messier did so in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final in 1994 against New Jersey.
 
Miller has skated in 114 career NHL games over parts of three seasons, all with the Rangers, registering 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points, along with 49 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2013 at New Jersey, and he registered his first career NHL goal/point as part of a two-goal effort on February 7, 2013 vs. the NY Islanders. Miller is the most recent teenager who tallied two goals in a game with the Blueshirts, and at the time, he became the first teenager to post a multi-goal game with the Rangers since Alexei Kovalev did so on December 27, 1992. In addition, he has registered 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and has posted a plus-six rating in 23 career NHL playoff games.
 
In addition, Miller skated in 18 regular season games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2014-15, registering six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Miller ranked second on the team (minimum five games played) in points per game (0.83) this past season. He recorded a point in 12 of 18 games with Hartford and posted three multi-point games.
 
In 101 career AHL games, Miller has registered 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points, along with 88 penalty minutes. He represented the Eastern Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game during his rookie season, and he has tallied 57 points (21 goals and 36 assists) in 59 AHL games over the past two seasons.
 
Miller was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Fast, 23, skated in 58 games with the Rangers this past season, registering six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with eight penalty minutes. From the time Fast was recalled by the Rangers on November 10 until the end of the regular season, the team earned at least one point in 42 of 55 games in which he played (39-13-3 record; .736 point percentage). He was on the ice for only four power play goals against in 63:50 of ice time while shorthanded. Fast registered his first career NHL regular season point with an assist on November 23 vs. Montreal, and he tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including his first career NHL goal, on November 29 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts won 13 consecutive games in which Fast played from December 8 vs. Pittsburgh to January 10 at San Jose. He became the first Ranger to be on the winning side in 13 straight games in one season during the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44).
 
In the 2015 Playoffs, the 6-0, 185-pounder recorded three goals and three assists for six points, along with a plus-one rating and two penalty minutes in 19 games. Fast tied for fifth among NHL rookies in goals and points, and tied for sixth in assists. In addition, he tied for fifth on the Rangers in goals and ranked sixth on the team in hits (38) during the playoffs. Fast tied for second among all skaters in assists (three) and tied for third among all skaters in points (four) in the Second Round against Washington. He tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 1 vs. Washington on April 30, and he notched an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 5 vs. Washington on May 8. Fast recorded two goals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay on May 20. He became the first Rangers rookie to register a multi-goal game in the playoffs since Brandon Dubinsky did so in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2008 against New Jersey, and the first to do so on the road since Mike Ridley in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semifinals in 1986 against Philadelphia.
 
Fast has skated in 69 career NHL games over parts of two seasons, both with the Rangers, registering six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 10 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on October 3, 2013 at Phoenix. In addition, Fast has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in 22 career NHL playoff games. He skated in three contests during the 2014 Playoffs to help the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, and he notched his first career NHL playoff assist/point while making his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the First Round vs. Philadelphia on April 17, 2014.
 
In addition, Fast skated in 11 games with the Wolf Pack in 2014-15, registering one goal and eight assists for nine points, along with two penalty minutes. He registered an AHL career-high six-game point streak in his final six games with the Wolf Pack before being recalled by the Rangers on November 10. At the time of his recall, Fast was tied for 10th in the AHL in assists, tied for the team lead in assists, and tied for third on the Wolf Pack in points.
 
Fast has skated in 60 career AHL games over parts of three seasons, registering 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points, along with a plus-11 rating and 34 penalty minutes. He tied for fourth in the AHL in game-winning goals (six), led Hartford in power play goals (eight), ranked second on the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating (plus-14), and ranked fourth on Hartford in goals (17) during the 2013-14 season.
 
Fast was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 157th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.