Nicklas Jensen Signs In The KHL

 

Nicklas Jensen

New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen, who is currently a restricted free agent, has signed a 1-year contract with Jokerit of the KHL. Since Nicklas came to the organization in a trade with Vancouver for Emerson Etem, he has been assigned to the team’s minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Despite being a call up on a couple of occasions, he couldn’t keep himself with the big club long enough to call it home.

Nicklas Jensen signing overseas is somewhat of a loss for the Rangers organization, as he was probably one of their best forwards in the AHL. While he only played seven games with the Rangers, the 24-year-old forward was coming off of a good season with the Wolfpack, earning 55 points in 70 games this season. But, let’s be honest. He isn’t getting any younger and with more and more players getting closer to being NHL ready, his window of opportunity was coming to an end in New York.

There is one added wrinkle to Jensen heading over to Europe. Because Jensen was qualified by GM Jeff Gorton as a restricted free agent, the Rangers still control his rights. Meaning, if he has a great year over in the KHL, the Rangers will be the only team that can engage him in contract negotiations. This has happened once before with the Rangers when Mats Zuccarello, after playing in the KHL in the 2012-13 season, rejoined the Rangers when the lockout and KHL season ended.

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4 comments

  • What this demonstrates to me is that Jensen likely feels that he will not get a real chance to make the Rangers team in training camp.

  • No big loss at all. If the organization felt he would have fit in with the parent club they wouldn’t have let him go to the KHL and would have signed him. He’s nothing more than a spare to a spare. Rangers have an assemble line of bottom six forwards.

    If he shows promise then they still have his rights, Zuc was in same position but showed more his 1st time around than Jensen, worked out well for both the Rangers and Zuc, maybe it happens again. If not, Hartford lost a productive player on a very bad team.

  • Oh well,there goes any chance of winning a cup now that Jensen is gone. He was all set to come up and score at least 65 goals this season. Now whatta we gonna do? Seriously though I keep thinking I’m gonna see a big trade was made and we have a top line center so we can let Hayes stay on the 3rd line and JT on wing. I really think there’s too many things that have to go right on offense for us to make some noise. Every center is gonna be in a new spot by having to move up or move from wing to center. We’ll see

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