Nick Sorensen
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Nick Sorensen

Hometown:

Farevejle Denmark

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-10-23

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (45th overall), 2013

Weight:

172 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Nick Sorensen, a Danish-born dual citizen of Denmark and Sweden, joined the Rogle BK club and skated for its U18 and U16 teams after playing youth hockey in the Malmo organization. He scored 13 goals with 10 assists in 15 games during the qualifying portion of the season and was Rogle’s leading scorer in South Division Allsenskan play – scoring 9 goals with 7 assists and finishing minus-four with 12 penalty minutes in 15 games. He was scoreless and plus-one in two playoff games. Sorensen had 16 goals with 4 assists in eight games for Rogle’s U16 team.

2010-11: Sorensen made his pro hockey debut as a 16-year-old, playing six games with Rogle in Sweden’s second league (Allsvenskan), and was the leading goal-scorer for Rogle U20 in his second season in Angelholm. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes in limited ice time with the Rogle men’s team. Sorensen scored 18 goals, seven of which came in Top 8 play, and had 11 assists in 30 games for Rogle U20. He did not play in Rogle’s three game playoff series with Frolunda. Sorensen played 10 games for Rogle’s U18 team, including four playoff games, and scored 8 goals with 3 assists. He was selected by Quebec in the first round (20th overall) of the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

2011-12: Sorensen was off to a fast start for Quebec in his first season in North America before suffering a season-ending knee injury after a knee-to-knee hit by Baie-Comeau’s Jonathan Lessard in October. In eight QMJHL games with the Remparts he scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was plus-nine.

2012-13: Sorensen bounced back from his knee injury to skate in 46 games for Quebec in his second season and won a silver medal skating for Sweden at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. The Remparts traded Tampa Bay prospect Nikita Kucherov rather than Sorensen to get under the QMJHL’s import limit. Sorensen scored 20 goals with 27 assists and was plus-10 with 18 penalty minutes. The Remparts finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs; falling to Kucherov and Rouyn-Noranda in five games. Sorensen was minus-one with no points and 2 penalty minutes in six games for Sweden at the WJC. He played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 48th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Anaheim selected Sorensen in the second round (45th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Sorensen was the third-leading scorer for the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts during the regular season despite missing 23 games and skated for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2015 World Juniors. He scored 31 goals with 30 assists and was +16 with 43 penalty minutes in 44 games for the Remparts as Quebec finished third in the East Division. Sorensen scored 6 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes in the five game playoff series with Rouyn-Noranda. In seven games at the 2014 World Juniors he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes. Sweden lost to Finland, 3-2 in overtime, in the gold medal game.  Sorensen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Anaheim in April 2014. 

2014-15: Sorensen was loaned to Skelleftea in Sweden’s SHL to start the season. After undergoing surgery to repair a lingering wrist condition he missed the first half of the season; making his debut with Skelleftea on January 16th. In 14 regular season games for the defending champions he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 10:40 minutes of ice time. Skelleftea reached the finals, falling to third-place Vaxjo. Sorensen played in eight playoff games and was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time.

Talent Analysis

Sorensen is a two-way player who works hard on the ice, His development has ben slowed a bit due to missed time with injuries. Although not the strongest player, he doesn't shy away from working hard in the corners and driving the net. Sorensen is a great skater and primarily a playmaker first but he also has an accurate shot that he can get off quickly. He is dedicated in his own end and hustles hard to back check and help out his defensemen.

Future

Sorensen is skating with Linkoping in Sweden in 2015-16 on loan from the Ducks. Fully healthy, he has been a consistent two-way forward and chipped in offensively in his first full professional season. Sorensen may never be a top offensive talent at the NHL level but if he can get stronger and continue to play with effort he projects as a forward who can be a strong contributor at both ends of the ice.

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