Saturday, May 7, 2016

Nicklas Jensen Autograph Card

Nicklas Jensen was a Vancouver Canucks first-round pick (29th overall) in 2011, but a change in general managers was all it took for him to go from a projected top-six forward to a player who, at best, would be malleable enough to move up and down the lineup.

And so it wasn't really a surprise when he was traded to the New York Rangers organization in early January, along with a third-round pick for former Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem; he had decent stats with the Blueshirts' AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack post-trade, with 15 goals, 10 assists and 25 points in 41 games.

Here he is wearing the Canucks' white (away) uniform, from on card #718 of the Hot Rookies and Dual Rookie Class sub-sets of Panini's 2013-14 Score set:
He signed it in-person in blue sharpie after a game against the Ottawa Senators or Montréal Canadiens in 2013-14.

He's still just 23 years old, and usually players of his size (6'3", 190 pounds) take longer to reach their potential. He also helps me check off #46 from my Canucks Numbers Project.

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