Help could be on the way Fast for the Rangers, whose inability to score is suffocating the team’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

Informed sources have told The Post 21-year-old right wing Jesper Fast, the club’s sixth-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft, is awaiting release from the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and could join the Blueshirts by the middle of next week.

Fast, whose HV 71 club was eliminated from the first round of the Swedish Elite League playoffs on Thursday, is a prime candidate to play for Team Sweden in the World Championships and thus must be granted permission by the authorities in order to join the Rangers.

The speedy, 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed shooter had a breakout season this year, recording 35 points (18-17) in 47 games after getting 32 points (12-20) in 57 games in his first two seasons in the SEL. He had five points (1-4) in his team’s five-game playoff defeat to Linkopings.

It is entirely conceivable if management and coach John Tortorella like what they see in Fast, who is on an Entry Level contract under which he carries a $900,000 cap hit, the winger could play on a Kid Line with 21-year-old Chris Kreider on the left and 20-year-old J.T. Miller in the middle.

General manager Glen Sather first told The Post of his interest in importing Fast — who originally spelled his last name Fasth before changing it last year — during the one-week training camp that preceded the opening of the lockout-delayed NHL season.

The Blueshirts — who face the Caps at the Garden tomorrow night before a three-game road swing next week with stops in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal a week from tonight — have scored a sum of seven goals in regulation, going 2-4 in their last six games to slide into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.