Nicklas Jensen, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 202

Born: 1993-03-06

Hometown: Herning, Denmark

Drafted: 2011 by Vancouver Canucks, 29th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

October 2014 - Jensen had a solid start to camp but couldn't carry the momentum into making the team. He was assigned to Utica in the AHL and had gone scoreless in 4 games with a minus-3 rating before finally scoring in game five. Jensen tends to rely too heavily on his pure sniping ability and that gets him in ruts as he must return to basics to get his game back on track. This is a common problem with young snipers, so while it is not a major concern at this point, it is why he is not in the NHL at this point. Jensen will have some ups and downs this season as he looks to mature and round out his game but eventually his offensive potential will lock him in as a top-6 winger in Vancouver. Mike Barrett

 

 

September 2014 - Jensen has been excellent all camp, offensively and defensively. He is in competition for one of the final roster spots with fellow prospects Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat. Jensen has a better chance than not to break camp for the Canucks; even if he starts the year in the AHL, he will certainly be one of the first call-ups. If he establishes himself in the top six, he has darkhorse potential to finish near the top of the Calder race. Austin Wallace

 

 

March 2014 - Jensen has turned his season around in a big way. The Canucks were in dire need of offence and called Jensen up to score some goals. Since his call-up he has played every shift with either Henrik Sedin or Ryan Kesler, has started most often in the offensive zone and has played 18 minutes per game. In his last three games, he has two goals and six shots.

His turnaround has been just as evident at the AHL level. After shooting less than twice a game before the turn of 2014, he has upped that to almost 3 and a half shots per game. Thanks in equal parts to that dominant shooting rate and a terrible Utica team, he has scored three times as many goals as assists in the AHL so far. This could be him acclimatizing to North American hockey, or another streak like the first half of his SHL season.

 

February 2014 - As I am writing this, Jensen is finishing off a three goal (with a fourth waved off), eight shot performance. This brings him up to five goals in his last four games and he already has 20 shots in February. If that sounds like a dominant performance from a player who might get consideration for a call-up, you are right. On the other hand, he only had 10 points in 36 games before his outburst. To date, his numbers are still fairly miserable, but February could be the turning point for his season. If he continues to score during the Olympic break, look for him to get a look on the big club. Austin Wallace

 

October 2013 – After a decent showing in the preseason, it was looking like he would start the season in the AHL to get his confidence going. A separated shoulder soon followed, and he is likely to return in a week. He would like to build off a ridiculous early season run in the SEL where he scored at almost a goal per game and led the entire league in scoring as a rookie.  After that, his production steadily declined the rest of the season in Sweden, Chicago and Vancouver. Another strong start to the season, this time in the AHL, will do wonders for the confidence of fantasy GMs, the Canucks GM and Jensen himself. Austin Wallace

 

June 2013 – Jensen had an up and down season developing for the Canucks. He started his season in Sweden where he popped 17 goals (23 points) in 50 games at the conclusion of the season he was re-assigned to Chicago of the AHL where he struggled with only four points in 20 games and a negative 12 rating. Vancouver management decided to give him an audition and played in a pair of games. At 20 years old he still has much growing to do to play and be a dependable North American player, but he remains the organizations best prospect on the right side. He will likely spend the entire year in the AHL next season proving his offensive prowess and proving his worth as a first round selection. Jason Banks

 

February 2012 – Nicklas Jensen is a big, powerful skater who can also score. Now an OHL sophomore, Jensen has seen his offensive numbers rise significantly since his rookie year. He plays big minutes on the Generals' top line alongside the feisty Boone Jenner, yet Jensen ranks fourth on the team in points per game. Look for his numbers to continue to improve over the coming years as he grows into his 6 foot 3 frame. Jensen is a skilled offensive player and has the potential to be an impact power forward in the NHL. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

 

With a big frame and an elite shot, his could score 30 goals in his best season. Like most prospect, will have to improve on his defense and consistency to make an impact in the NHL. If his audition goes well the rest of the year, he could be in competition for a top-six spot as early as last year.

 

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2013-14 Highlights (via PassItToBulis)

 

 

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