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-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks’ Nicklas Jensen to Skate with Sedins in NHL Debut


Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen will be skating with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in his NHL debut  tonight against the San Jose Sharks, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has been criticized in the past by fans for putting prospects in positions where they are unlikely to succeed. Just last month, Vigneault was criticized for playing centre Jordan Schroeder on the fourth line.

There will not be an ease-in period for Jensen and he will be placed into a role to succeed right away by playing with the Sedins.

Jensen certainly has the hockey IQ, but it remains to see if he can play with the Sedins and produce as a 20 year old in the NHL.

The Canucks have five games to decide if he belongs in the NHL full-time before the first year of his entry-level contract is burned.

Jensen started the season with AIK of the Swedish Elite League putting up 17 goals and 23 points in 50 games before returning to North America to join the Canucks farm team, the Chicago Wolves. He has two goals and two assists in ten games with the Wolves.

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