Watch every goal Nicklas Jensen scored last season

It’s PITB’s annual Every Goal series. This year will be really easy.

Nicklas Jensen had one really good week in Vancouver. After finally earning his call-up, he made his presence felt, scoring three lovely goals in four games and leading fans to wonder if perhaps he was the real deal. Sadly, after that, he fell off, although it wasn’t entirely his fault. He was beginning to look good with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin, but then both of them got hurt. Heck, Burrows breaks his thumb on Jensen’s third goal.

But even now, knowing that he only scores three before the well dries up, it’s tough to look at these three goals and not get a little excited about the Danish winger’s goal-scoring ability. He’s got a great shot. Here are the first three goals of Nicklas Jensen’s career.

1 | March 14 vs Washington Capitals

Jensen remained down on the farm beyond when it seemed reasonable to call him up. The Canucks had injury troubles. He was playing well. But the team insisted he wasn’t ready. Then, when they finally caved, he scored his first career goal on this beautiful wrist shot from the slot. Lots of guys can bang one home from in close. This is a laser, from a sniper (so a sniper from the future, because right now snipers still use rifles, not lasers). Anyway. Great shot.

2 | March 16 vs Florida Panthers

Then, as if to show that wasn’t a fluke, Jensen puts home another on another goal scorer’s shot. This is a quick and wicked release, and it instantly got people talking. What if this Jensen kid was the real deal? It helps that he was playing with Alex Burrows, who was, at this point, beginning to refind his game, which includes some underrated playmaking skills. This is a great little pass, as he sort of hooks the puck behind him to avoid the active stick of the defender, and puts it right on Jensen’s stick.

3 | March 19 vs Nashville Predators

Once more with Jensen’s great shot. Honestly, if I’m Alex Burrows, I look at the Canucks’ roster and I highly doubt I’m getting many looks with the Sedins next year. Not only has Vrbata been promised the spot, but Jensen’s finishing ability could be a great fit for the twins if Vrbata winds up somewhere else. You can see it here, as the rookie pounces on a loose puck after Henrik Sedin’s pass attempt is broken up and still manages to put it home. That was probably troubling for Burrows. Also troubling for Burrows: while Jensen is scoring, Shea Weber is breaking Burrows’ thumb at the side of the net. For shame, Shea Weber.

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5 comments

  1. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 21, 2014

    I like the strides Jensen took last year, but I think he likely starts the season in Utica. However, he could also be a good option alongside Burrows and Bonino on that second line, with Kassian perhaps getting bumped to play with Vey or Matthias and Higgins on what might actually be a decent enough 3rd line. With Jensen in the NHL and that lineup, it would probably make the 4th line Richardson/Dorsett-Vey/Matthias-Hansen, which I could actually live with as a group that could play more than just scrub minutes. It would also mean Sestito could start working a nice butt groove into one of the chairs up in the press box (or in upstate New York), which I could also definitely live with, and Dorsett and Richardson would be the 12th/13th forwards rather than 11th/12th. While there may be a bit of a lack of true top end skill on the roster this year, at first glance the depth actually looks better than we’ve had in a while, especially if a few of the more mature and promising prospects (Vey, Jensen, Horvat) can play a regular shift.

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  2. Noodle
    July 21, 2014

    Thanks for doing this series, PITB. With the misery of last season it probably isn’t much fun to have to dive back into it.

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  3. Stink Pickle
    July 21, 2014

    I would love to see Jensen’s finish with Kassian’s playmaking, but defensively they would be a tire fire, most likely.

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  4. GeezMoney
    July 25, 2014

    Great shot? That doesn’t matter. It’s all about puck possesion.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 25, 2014

      It’s sure nice to have puck possession to more often use that great shot…

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