We first learned today via CKWX 1130 that Nicklas Jensen is looking to play in the Swedish Elite League next season if he in fact fails to make the Vancouver Canucks roster.
CKWX has learned that #Canucks #1 draft pick Niklas Jensen will play in Sweden next year of he doesn't make the Canucks.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June 20, 2012
Jensen's agent Anton Thun tells CKWX that he has informed the Canucks and Oshawa Generals of the OHL.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June 20, 2012
Thun tells CKWX that Jensen needs to play pro hockey next season as a 19 year old if he doesn't make the Canucks.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) June 20, 2012
This was confirmed a short while ago by Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Team1040 Radio. This is due in large part to the AHL’s age minimum of 20 years.
Jensen will be 19 next season so isn’t eligible to play for the Chicago Wolves, and would be forced to play another year of junior hockey.
Gillis said the Canucks are aware of the situation and fully support Jensen.
Listen to the full interview with Mike Gillis on Team Radio here.