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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Nicklas Jensen

Nicklas Jensen came into the season with the promise that he could be the best Danish born player ever. We never ranked Jensen in the preseason, as he came in as an import and was his first season in the OHL. However, it took less than a month to make our top 20 and moving up to 9th towards the end of the season.

During the preseason, we also did a survey of OHL general Managers and asked them to rank their top three choices in 4 categories, one of which was top import player available for the NHL Entry Draft.

In that survey, Jensen came in second place behind Gabriel Landeskog who has a year under his belt already in the OHL and shouldn't have been voted as an import.

Oshawa had a good season, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference. Jensen helped the team along with a good mix of other draft eligible players and veterans. He played in 61 of the teams 68 games contributing 29 goals and 29 assists. Jensen came into the season not known for his playmaking ability. Playing for a Danish squad that lacked high end talent, he was forced to create his own chances and to finish for himself. But he showed he has playmaking ability.

The Generals won their opening round playoff series against the Frontenacs 4-1 before losing in the second round to the Ice Dogs 4-1.

Jensen is one player who's production actually increased in the playoffs becoming an over a point per game player with 7 goals and 4 assists in 10 games. He showed an ability to step it up to another level and raise his compete level in the more meaningful season. When it was all said and done, you have to think that Jensen's playoff performance helped his ranking.

The NHL Draft blog on ranked Jensen as the third best right winger available for the draft (behind Ty Rattie and Tomas Jurco)  and the top OHL right winger available for the draft.

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