Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/12/12
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 hoc...
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