BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – Coming to the Hartford Wolf Pack in a trade with Vancouver for Emerson Etem has opened new doors in the career of Nicklas Jensen.
“The change from Vancouver has been a big boost for me,” Jensen told Cantlon’s Corner. “I have played pretty well since I got here and when everything clicked right off the bat, it’s such a huge confidence booster. After coming to a new team, you never want to get into a slump. It’s been that way (good play) since I got here, and really made the transition so much easier.”
Jensen was sporting a well-attired suit with a purple tie following Saturday’s game against the Providence Bruins. He was waiting for his car service to take him to the All-Star venue.
Jensen takes to the ice tonight in Allentown, PA to represent the Hartford Wolf Pack at the AHL All-Star game.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun and exciting. It’s something you’re very proud to do, to represent New York and Hartford. I’m excited for this experience. I’ve never been in an All-Star game before.”
After returning from his second recall by the New York Rangers Jensen has been a model of consistency with nine points in his last ten games. Overall, Jensen has 19 goals and 33 points in 39 games.
Jensen scored a goal against the Hershey Bears last Wednesday night and was emphatic as one can get after rifling a 35-footer after having hit the crossbar earlier. Of course, Jensen hopes to tally a few in Pennsylvania.
“It’s been going well for me this season, though I wish for us we’d had a little more team success to this point. I hope we can get more success like (Saturday night’s 4-3 win over Providence) tonight going down the stretch.”
His shot has been his calling card. Jensen shoots it very hard and his quick release catches goalies off guard. He is the consummate teammate passing round the praise to them for his success.
“It’s one of my strengths,” Jensen said. “I have had some good linemates that have helped me along the way and they find me so I can use my shot. That game, (Hershey) I had several good chances, so I was a little frustrated that one hadn’t gone in. I had hit the bar ten seconds earlier and I was gonna make sure that was one was going in.”
Over in Herning, Denmark, which is located in the central part of the country, at 1:00 am, Jensen’s father, Dan, will be watching. He’ll likely be warming up the computer and watch it on AHL Live. His father, who came to Denmark from Canada after completing his OHL career in Peterborough, will be joined by his younger brother, Markus, who currently plays for their hometown team, the Herning Blue Fox.
“I try to talk my family as much as possible. My Dad watches almost every game even with the time change (plus six hours). He can’t be there, but I will be there because of him. I am very proud of him they are proud of me and wish they could be here.”
The Wolf Pack Nation will be on hand to cheer the latest Wolf Pack to play amongst the league’s best in year 20 at an AHL All-Star game.