And With The 21st Pick Overall, Ottawa Selects ….


Fansided’s 2011 NHL Mock Draft continues as your Ottawa Senators hold the 21st pick overall which they obtained in the Mike Fisher trade with Nashville. Having already selected center Ryan Strome with our own first round pick, sixth overall, Ottawa will use this pick to help with their rebuild.

So without further ado, with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 Fansided NHL Mock Draft, SenShot selects from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, right winger Nicklas Jensen.

Nicklas Jensen: Future Power Forward?

The 6’2″ right winger from Denmark is the perfect pick to compliment our first selection of center Ryan Strome. In his first year in the OHL, Jensen put up 29 goals and 58 points in 61 games. Projected to be a power forward in the future, Jensen has great speed, a quick wrist shot and protects the puck well.

Listed as a right winger, Jensen can play either wing position and has shown his commitment to playing in the NHL by coming over from Europe and learning the North American game. Jensen will need time to develop and is a few years away, but with a lack of impact right-wingers in the organization, Ottawa hopes Jensen could step in when Daniel Alfredsson retires. With a great first round with Strome and Jensen selected, Ottawa has the makings of two future top six forwards.

Here is SenShot’s Jared analysis of the selection:

Jensen is perhaps one of the lesser known talents in the first round.  He just completed his first year in North America, netting 29 goals and 29 assists with the Oshawa Generals.  Jensen is a big (6’2″), quick talent who might end up being the best player to ever come out of Denmark.  Eventually he could see time alongside fellow countryman Peter Regin in the Senators lineup.

And here’s what NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards said about Jensen:

Nicklas has adjusted very well to the OHL. His puck-handling and play-making ability are excellent. He has an excellent wrist shot that he gets off quickly.

There was much debate about which way to go with this draft pick. There were the two top ranked goalies available in John and Christopher Gibson (no relation), there were a few Swedish defensemen available in Jonas Brodin and Oscar Klefbom, and also available were skilled forwards Tomas Jurco and Victor Rask. In the end, we decided that Jensen’s skill set and physical attributes set him apart from the other prospects still available.

Here are the Mock Draft Results so far so you can see who was off the board when we chose Jensen (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):

Pick TEAM PLAYER
1 EDMONTON Adam Larsson
2 COLORADO Gabriel Landeskog
3 FLORIDA Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
4 NEW JERSEY Jonathan Huberdeau
5 NY ISLANDERS Sean Couturier
6 OTTAWA Ryan Strome
7 ATLANTA Ryan Murphy
8 COLUMBUS Dougie Hamilton
9 BOSTON (TOR) Duncan Siemens
10 MINNESOTA Sven Bartschi
11 COLORADO (STL) Jamie Oleksiak
12 CAROLINA Joel Armia
13 CALGARY Mika Zibanejad
14 DALLAS Nathan Beaulieu
15 NY RANGERS Mark McNeill
16 BUFFALO Brandon Saad
17 MONTREAL Joseph Morrow
18 CHICAGO Zack Phillips
19 EDMONTON (LA) Mark Schiefele
20 PHOENIX Rocco Grimaldi
21 OTTAWA (NSH) Nicklas Jensen

Between Strome and Jensen, Ottawa has selected two players that put up a combined 164 points in the OHL this year. With Ottawa hurting for goal-scoring this past year and in the future, Strome and Jensen should go along way in helping solve this problem.

Have your say Sens Army, what do you think of our picks from the first round? Would you have chosen someone different that was available at 6th or 21st overall?

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  • Jon Blakely

    Just reading this now – but I was thinking the same especially after bumping into the Sens GM at the family day game versus Brampton – Jenson was in the middle of a very hot streak – more so that Jenner or Lessio – just be nice for him to be drafted, but we need him in a Generals uniform next year for sure!

    • http://senshot.com/ Tony Mendes

      The good news is if Ottawa drafted Jensen, he most likely wouldn’t play for us next year. We would leave him in the OHL to develop further.

      Thanks for the comment.