Sep 29, 2011; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nicklas Jensen (46) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Vancouver 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Nicklas Jensen Likely to Remain in Europe after Lockout

Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen will likely remain with AIK of the Swedish Elite League even if the National Hockey League labour dispute is resolved and shortened season can be played.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis feels it would be difficult for him to crack the lineup given the circumstances of a short training camp.

“As our team is positioned right now we have a couple of extra forwards,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. “He is doing extremely well there and to bring him over here for a short training camp, he’d be flying for 18 hours, you get here and it’s going to be pretty hard for him to crack our lineup.”

An official decision will be made when the NHL resumes play. At that point, there could even be an exemption built into the collective bargaining agreement that allows each NHL team to put one 19 year old in the American Hockey League.

Jensen, 19, leads AIK in scoring with eight goals and 11 points in 15 games. He began the season on the third line, but has since played his way to the first line. Last game, he skated on left wing with Esa Pirnes at centre and Broc Little on right wing.

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