Report: Rangers Prospect Refuses Offer To Rejoin Organization
Nicklas Jensen, who the Rangers acquired from the Vancouver Canucks back in 2016, has refused an offer to come back to North America and rejoin the organization.
Last season’s leading scorer for #Jokerit, Nicklas Jensen, will return to the team for another year. Player and club have picked up the option in his contract. Great to have Nicklas back for another year! #KHL pic.twitter.com/NzT47ulIV8
— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) July 16, 2018
Jensen left the club prior to the 2017 season to play in the KHL after spending the vast majority of his time with the Blueshirts down in Hartford, where he recorded 80 points (47G, 33A) in 111 games. According to the report from Danish news site TV2, Jensen said that it would be better for him to continue his development overseas, adding he hopes to “make people turn their heads over there.” Jensen also noted that he was not guaranteed a spot on David Quinn’s roster and that he didn’t want to come back to North America and end up in Hartford. “Of course, if I went to Rangers camp and joined the NHL team, it would be better. But at my age, I will not end up in a year when I’m going to play AHL. I have shown [I can play] the AHL game.”
The Rangers own the rights to Jensen indefinitely according to CapFriendly, so if Jensen wants to remain with Jokerit this season, it won’t be a problem for the Rangers going forward. Now the pressure is on Jensen. If he can perform well enough to “turn heads” as he mentioned, then the Rangers will want to bring him back to North America as soon as possible. But if not, then he may not be crossing the Atlantic Ocean for a while.