Today on Canucks in Wonderland, news goes that the Vancouver Canucks’ 2011 1st round draft pick Nicklas Jensen plans to play in Sweden should he not make the team next season.
News 1130 (their twitter, mind you) also goes on to say that Jensen’s agent Thun has:
“…informed both the Canucks and the Oshawa Generals of the OHL” (x)
“…he’s [Nicklas Jensen] talking to 3-4 teams in Sweden and will pick the team in next two weeks.” (x)
Anton Thun then proceeds to say that
“…Jensen needs to play pro hockey next season as a 19 year old if he doesn’t make the Canucks.”
Now, should we be concerned?
So the News 1130 people seem to think so and I agree.
Yes, we should be a little concerned about this.
I mean, the kid’s amazing.
After suffering a first round defeat to the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL playoffs with the Oshawa Generals, Nicklas Jensen was then assigned to the Chicago Wolves, who had yet to end their regular season and begin playoffs.
His AHL career, however ended and ended quickly having suffered a concussion, but dear Nicklas Jensen had already made his mark.
He ended his AHL career with 8 games in the bag (2 of which were playoff games) and with 6 points, all of which are goals, 3 of which, was the result of a hattrick against the Peoria Rivermen.
Pretty amazing right?
First 6 games as a professional and he manages his first hatty.
So, the answer is yes, I would be concerned that he’s making the decision to play in Sweden should he not make the Canucks next season.
He’s an amazing player and is definitely a key part of the Oshawa General’s roster. And who knows, he could be a key part of the Canucks’ roster in the future, should he change his mind and decide to stay with us.
And I think he should stay with us.
But ultimately, the decision belongs to Nick and it looks like he’s made his decision.
Good Luck Nicklas! All the best in Sweden if you decide to go!
3 months. 3 months is too far for me to be predicting this. Good Luck though. Wow.