Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen says he will remain with AIK of the Swedish Elite League for the balance of the season even if there is an end to the National Hockey League lockout.
“I thought I’d be in Vancouver this year for that tryout,” Jensen told the Province. “But now, with the lockout still on, I think I’m going to play out the season here (in the Swedish Elite League) with AIK.
“It makes the most sense, instead of going back trying for a week and coming back here. For me, I think I’m staying here, but nothing is ever for sure.”
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis suggested in late October that the team wouldn’t be bringing Jensen back to North America since it would be difficult for him to crack the lineup given the circumstances of a shortened training camp and season.
Jensen, 19, is current mired in a bit of a scoring slump after picking up eight goals and three assists in his first 15 games. He has gone pointless in the five games since.