It’s highly unlikely the Canucks would summon prospect Nicklas Jensen from Sweden to attend a quick training camp before a lockout-shortened NHL season,
according to The Vancouver Sun.
General manager Mike Gillis said the team hasn’t made a definitive decision, but certainly indicated that the organization is leaning toward allowing Jensen to play the entire season with AIK of the Swedish Elite League.
“He is doing really well there,” Gillis said. “He’s leading their team in goals and he’s a 19-year-old. He is getting better and better every week.”
Jensen is doing more than leading his team in goals. His eight goals are second only to the 11 scored by Linkoping’s Carl Soderberg in the entire Swedish Elite League.
“As our team is positioned right now we have a couple of extra forwards,” Gillis said. “He is doing extremely well there and to bring him over here for a short training camp, he’d be flying for 18 hours, you get here and it’s going to be pretty hard for him to crack our lineup.”
In his most recent outing on Tuesday night, Jensen had a goal and an assist in AIK’s 5-4 loss to league-leading HV71. Stockholm-based AIK has struggled in the early going this season and currently sits ninth in the 12-team SEL with just five wins in 16 games.
Jensen, Vancouver’s first-round pick (29th overall) in the 2011 draft, has three assists to go along with his eight goals this season.