2011 NHL Draft: Canucks Select Nicklas Jensen with the 29th Pick

Sean LarsonContributor IIIJune 24, 2011

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24:  29th overall pick Nicklas Jensen by the Vancouver Canucks stands onstage for a photo with members of the Vancouver Canucks organization during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks selected Nickals Jensen from the Oshawa Generals with the 29th overall pick Friday night at the 2011 NHL Draft in St. Paul, Minneapolis.

Jensen, a Right Winger from Denmark had a nice season in the OHL with Oshawa. He had 58 points in 61 games, scoring 29 goals along with 29 assists. He also had 11 points in 10 games during the playoffs with 7 goals and 4 assists.

He has a bit of a lanky build, standing at 6'3'' and weighing 187 pounds, and he will need to fill out that frame while he works his way to the NHL.

Jensen is a solid skater, often seen going coast-to-coast and has the ability to make plays with little room to work with. Give him too much room to work with, and he'll put the puck in the net. Some of his goals in the OHL this year were some of the top goals of the year in the league.

Although lanky, he is learning how to use his size to his advantage, and has developed a talent for protecting the puck.

The main concern many have with Jensen is his consistency. While he does have many talents, not performing well game in and game out has always been a red flag. During the year, he was seen taking shifts off, and if he plans to contribute for the Canucks, he will have to fix that.

TORONTO, CAN - JANUARY 19:  Nicklas Jensen #17 of Team Cherry skates against Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware Top Prospects game on January 19, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 7-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen
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With a little bit of polishing up, Jensen could have a very promising career in the NHL. If he can fill into his lanky frame and become more consistent, we could see Jensen scoring 80 or more points for the Canucks in the near future.

 

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