Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Compare / Contrast

Last week the Vancouver Canucks top prospect Nicklas Jensen was discussing the possibility of foregoing his last year of major junior eligibility with the Oshawa Generals in order to play a season in the Swedish Elite League should he not make the Canucks roster for the 2012/13 season.

It is an ambitious and intriguing notion from a thought provoking player.

Similarities

The determination of the young man and his raw physical tools (speed, impressive size, and cannonball shot) portend a comparison with Gabriel Landeskog, the Swedish Calder Trophy winner from the Colorado Avalanche.

Both players are highly intelligent and have notable work rates.

They are both first round NHL picks, though admittedly at opposing ends of the round since Landeskog went 2nd overall and Jensen was picked 29th.

The two Scandinavians also chose to develop their respective games in North America at the major junior level in order to better integrate with the North American style of hockey, signifying their focus and intent.

Accomplishments

Jensen is a fast learner.

He moved up to the AHL with the Chicago Wolves after the Generals were knocked out of the OHL playoff picture last season and thrived.

I hope Jensen gets an extra long look in training camp.

He scored 6 goals in 8 games between the final regular season run-in and the first two Wolves playoff contests, before an elbow induced concussion forced the Canucks organization shut him down for precaution and recovery.

He also pulled the Danish side to the top of the second tier World Junior Championships’ tournament in 2011, allowing them to compete with the top nations like Canada, Russia and Sweden for the 2012 event.

At that competition he was named an alternate captain and produced 6 points in 6 games to lead Denmark in scoring.

The here and now

The statement about testing the waters of pro hockey in the skill focussed Swedish league is a judicious concept, but I hope that this message further motivates the Canucks management and that Jensen gets an extra long look in training camp.

A motivated player can make a world of difference for a team, youth brings energy and the Canucks could do with a player of purpose to re-energize their Stanley Cup pursuit, provided the maturity and skills are ready to meet.

Not many people would have predicted that Landeskog would attain the prominence he did with Colorado, but opportunity was provided and taken.

Jensen is not ready for a first line role, but could he already make a fourth or even third line better for Vancouver?

Canucks fans weigh in below.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN THE CLUBHOUSE TODAY!

© C-Mac for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | One comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: AHL, Calder Trophy, Canucks, Canucks blogs, Canucks hockey, Canucks news, Canucks prospects, Canucks Roster, Chicago, Chicago Wolves, Colorado Avalanche, Danish Hockey, Denmark, Gabriel Landeskog, OHL, Oshawa, Oshawa Generals, Sweden, Swedish Elite League, vancouver, Vancouver Canucks, Wolves, World Junior Championships

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.