Nicklas Jensen
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Nicklas Jensen

Hometown:

Herning Denmark

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-16

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2016

Weight:

186 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Nicklas Jensen played for Herning in the Danish Under-20 league.  In 28 games for that club, he scored 28 goals and added 15 assists for 43 points.  Jensen played for Denmark at the 2009 Under-18 World Junior Championship (D-1B), where he picked up 1 assist in 5 games.

2009-10: Jensen played for Herning in Denmark’s top league, appearing in 34 games.  He scored 12 goals and added 14 assists for 26 points, good for second in scoring on his team.  Jensen played in 10 playoff games for Herning, scoring 6 goals and adding 4 assists for 10 points.  He was named the Rookie of the Year in the Danish League.  In international play, Jensen played for Denmark on both the Under-18 and Under-20 teams.  In 5 games at the U-18 D-1A tournament, Jensen scored 13 goals and added 2 assists for 15 points.  He was named the Top Forward of that tournament.  At the U-20 D-1A tournament, Jensen scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points in 5 games.  he was also named the Top Player on his team at this tournament.  Jensen was chosen eighth overall at the 2010 CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Oshawa Generals.

2010-11: Jensen joined the Oshawa Generals for his OHL rookie season, playing in 61 games for that team.  He scored 29 goals and added 29 assists for 58 points, while also adding 42 penalty minutes.  Jensen played for Denmark’s gold medalist Under-20 team at the D-1B tournament, where he scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in 5 games.  Jensen played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Jensen was chosen in the first round, 29th overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.

2011-12: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Canucks in September 2011, Jensen made his North American pro debut as a 19-year-old – joining Vancouver AHL affiliate Chicago in April after his second season with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He scored 4 goals in six regular season games with the Wolves and appeared in two of five games during the playoffs; scoring 2 goals and finishing minus-two with 2 penalty minutes. He was the Generals’ third-leading scorer and represented Denmark at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Jensen scored 25 goals with 33 assists and was plus-two with 29 penalty minutes in 57 games for Oshawa. The Generals made the OHL playoffs after getting off to a slow start; finishing third in the East Division. Jensen scored 1 goal with 4 assists in the six-game series with Niagara. He was the leading scorer for tenth-place Denmark at the WJC, scoring 2 goals with 4 assists and was minus-13 with 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Jensen made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old in April, skating in two games with the Canucks. He was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes; averaging 14 minutes of ice time. After spending the season in Sweden with AIK, he joined Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Chicago in March. In 20 games with the Wolves he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -9 with 8 penalty minutes. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Jensen led AIK with 17 goals and had 6 assists in 50 games; finishing -12 with 16 penalty minutes. AIK missed the playoffs; finishing ninth in the Elitserien.

2013-14: Jensen joined the Canucks in March 2014 after spending most of his second pro season in North America with Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica. He finished the year playing for Denmark in the 2014 World Championship. In 17 NHL games he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 15:38 minutes of ice time. Jensen scored 15 goals with 6 assists and was -5 with 26 penalty minutes in 54 AHL games for the Comets. Utica finished third in the North Division, four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In seven games at the World Championship he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging 15 minutes of ice time. Denmark avoided relegation; finishing 13th in the 16-team format.

2014-15: Jensen played five games with the Canucks, spending most of the season with the AHL’s Utica Comets. He was -1 with no points nor penalties, averaging 9:33 minutes of ice time with Vancouver. Jensen scored 14 goals with 14 assists and was -12 with 39 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for Utica. During the Comets’ run to the Calder Cup finals Jensen contributed four goals and an assist in 18 playoff games. 

2015-16: Jensen attended training camp with the Canucks before being assigned to AHL affiliate Utica. He skated in 27 games for the Comets and was acquired by the New York Rangers along with a draft pick in January 2016 in exchange for Emerson Etem. Jensen finished the year with New York AHL affiliate Hartford. After scoring four goals with eight assists for Utica, he scored 13 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 12 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Wolf Pack.

Talent Analysis

Jensen can flat out fly, with an explosive first few strides, and great acceleration. His stickhandling is also very good, and he is creative when in possession of the puck. More of a pure scorer who likes to shoot the puck than a playmaker, he has shown flashes of improving his ability to read the play and take advantage of open teammates in his second pro season in North America. Despite prototypical power forward size, he is more of a perimeter player at times. He is effective in the forecheck game with his speed but his defensive play is inconsistent. He has a deceptively strong release that often catches goaltenders unaware.

Future

Jensen enjoyed a resurgence after joining Rangers' AHL affiliate Hartford in January 2016 following a trade for Emerson Etem in a swap of former first-round picks. In the final year of his original entry-level contract, the forward from Denmark was never able to secure a spot in Vancouver and will have a challenge to make a mark in an even deeper forward pool in New York. His combination of size and skill are rare and he would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Rangers by June. His play with Hartford in 2015-16 is likely to generate some interest and he could command some lucrative contract offers if he decides to return to Europe.

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