NHL Draft profile: Nicklas Jensen
June, 19, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at Danish forward Nicklas Jensen, who plays for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011draft prospect Nicklas Jensen. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: March 6, 1993/Herning, Denmark
Height/Weight: 6-2/187 pounds
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
2010-11 Team: Oshawa (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||21st (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||22nd overall|
|International Scouting Services||22nd overall|
|The Hockey News||19th overall|
|In his first season in North America, registered 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 58 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Had 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in 10 playoff games. Had 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games as Denmark won the Division I 2011 World Junior Championships in Slovenia.|
|Played for Herning Blue Fox in Denmark's top league in 2009-10, registering 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games and earning the league's Rookie of the Year award. Picked up 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 10 playoff games.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Size. Skating. Hockey sense. Effective in the open ice and in heavy traffic.
Negatives: Has the goods to play a more physical game on the forecheck but hasn't shown it.
Link: ESPN.com Nicklas Jensen Profile
|"Nicklas has adjusted very well to the OHL. His puck-handling and play-making ability are excellent. He has an excellent wrist shot that he gets off quickly." - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"His potential is off the charts. He is showing a lot more quickness and speed and has always shown a real understanding of the game. ... While displaying the ability to produce offensively, he plays an overall responsible game. He shows no hesitation playing in all the tough and ugly areas of the ice and is very effective in the high traffic areas while showing a willingness to take a hit to make a play. He displays a real touch when he has the puck. His balance and ability to protect the puck are outstanding." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Based on pure size/skills combination alone, he's a top 12 pick. Great sized frame to fill out; he needs to add muscle in order to battle more effectively. Has a long way to go with regard to work ethic, though. Soft and often uninvolved to the point where you can't find him with a microscope. But when he dials up the intensity, watch out! Can be a gamebreaker with a great release on a wicked wrister. ... Creates time and space himself with great puckhandling ability. Super soft hands. Can score in a variety of ways and regularly beats defenders off the rush. Needs LOTS of work on his compete level and play away from puck." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.