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Vancouver Canucks Prospect, Nicklas Jensen, Still Overseas

Jason O. Watson – USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks drafted winger Nicklas Jensen in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (29th overall).

After a pre-season stint with the Canucks that same year, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract but returned to play junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Oshawa Generals.  Jensen was ultimately assigned to the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, at the end of the 2012 season until this most recent season where he’s been playing in Sweden for the AIK of the Elitserien (Swedish Elite LeagueSEL).

The Canucks ‘loaned’ Jensen to the AIK for the season with the understanding that he would return to the United States once the season ends.  When the season will end is still up in the air as AIK has four games remaining in the regular season but are only four points away from a playoff spot.  The Canucks are hoping to get Jensen back on the AHL roster to once again familiarize him with the American game and possibly an assignment to Vancouver’s extended playoff roster.  Jensen is no stranger to the AHL as he played six regular-season games and two playoff games with the Wolves last season.

He would also be a good addition to either the Canuck’s AHL or NHL roster as he currently leads the AIK with 22 points (16 goals, 6 assists) in 51 games.  He is quite a talented goal-scorer.  In the six regular-season games he played in the AHL, he recorded four points (all four goals) while he scored two goals in the two playoff games he played.  Despite when Jensen returns to the Vancouver organization, he will definitely be a huge asset to either the Wolves or the Canucks.

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