TORONTO CANADA - JANUARY 19: Nicklas Jensen #17 of Team Cherry tips a puck high and past Jordan Binnington #31 of Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware Top Prospects game on January 19 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Canada. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 7-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.
With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.
The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.
Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.
Now, introducing Oshawa Generals winger Nicklas Jensen:
#17 / Winger / Oshawa Generals
Mar 6, 1993
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History And Accomplishments:
2008-09 U17 Denmark DM Best Forward 2008-09 U18 D1 B Silver Medal 2009-10 Danish League Rookie of the Year 2009-10 Denmark Bronze Medal Winner 2009-10 U18 WJC D1 A Best Forward 2009-10 U18 WJC D1 A Most Goals 2009-10 U18 WJC D1|A Silver Medal 2009-10 U18 WJC D1 A Top Player on Team 2009-10 U20 WJC D1 A Silver Medal 2010-11 U20 WJC D1 B Gold Medal 2010 CHL Import Draft - 8th Overall, 1st round (Oshawa Generals)
We have seen this before.
Extremely talented offensively, major consistency issues (Benoit Pouliot anyone?)
But his offensive game is impressive. Can control the pace of the game, very elusive, has a wide range of above average shots and good playmaking skills. Has the frame to protect the puck well and if he added some mass to his body, he can be very dangerous and very dominant.
But how will teams take his bust factor? Will his offensive talents be enough to make him into a top 15 pick or will his inconsistent play scare enough teams to fall into the end of the first?
Top six offensive winger
Summary Scouts Notes
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Instinctive offensive player who can control the pace of the game in the o-zone ... nice-sized frame ... agile and elusive ... fast release on a bullet wrister ... soft hands for giving and receiving passes ... can dominate by bulling his way to the net ... playing a tenacious game in all zones ... inconsistency is the issue with this player
he is a pretty solid two way player ... a very agile guy and elusive ... has some very nice hands and scorers shot ... got a terrific shot and has good goal scoring instincts ... he's an absolute bull on the puck ... balance and ability to protect the puck are outstanding ... play without the puck offensively is still inconsistent ... needs to be more aggressive on the forecheck
has all the tools to be a high scoring winger ... a great skater with a fluid stride ... has great hands ... can really make things happen with little to no room ... can fight through checks ... nice, large frame ... still learning how to use his size to his advantage ... consistency is the main concern in his game ... needs to add more muscle
2011 prospect: Nicklas Jensen Compilation (via nhldraftvideo)
Where Does He Fit With The Wild?
For a team that is starved for offense, Jensen is one of the best in the draft in that area.
If the team is hoping for a home-run pick, Jensen could be it.
Good Choice At #10?
After seeing busts from 2004-2009, and seeing two high risk picks (Benoit Pouliot and A.J Thelen) crash and burn, I don't think I will be very comfortable seeing Jensen picked at #10.
I will understand why because his offense is very attractive. I just don't like the bust factor in him. Its too unsettling and with only one blue-chip prospect in our system, I don't think the Wild should take the gamble.
How Does He Look As A Wild?