Vancouver Canucks left winger Nicklas Jensen is day-to-day with an upper body injury and will be re-assigned to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL) as soon as it heals.
He is currently receiving treatment from Canucks doctors in Vancouver.
Jensen by all accounts had a strong showing at the 2013 Young Stars Classic. However, he struggled to produce much offensively in the three preseason games he played in. Jensen was knocked out of the third game after playing just 29 seconds with the aforementioned injury.
Canucks management and fans had high hopes for the 2011 first round pick this year. Many were hoping he would be able to seize a top-six role with the Canucks with veteran winger David Booth out with an injury for most of the preseason. Instead it was this year’s first round pick, Hunter Shinkaruk, who rose to the occasion.
Jensen will get plenty of minutes in a variety of roles with the Comets to help him take the next step later this season or next year. He’s only 20 years old and was still a junior-eligible player last season.