For anyone interested, Thomas Drance posted an article about Jensen and his recent troubles with AIK: FORGET THE RECENT KERFUFFLE, NICKLAS JENSEN'S YEAR WITH AIK IS ALL UPSIDE FOR THE CANUCKS
Appearing on the Team 1040 late last week with Matt Sekeres and Blake Price, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis was asked a pointed question about Nicklas Jensen's status with his Swedish Elite League club, Stockholm based AIK. You'll recall that Jensen took a non-traditional route for his 19 year old season, choosing to leave the Ontario Hockey League in favour of a tougher professional men's league in Sweden. This season he's adjusted seamlessly and performed extraordinarily well for a nineteen year old skater in the third most difficult professional hockey league in the world. In 46 games this season, he leads AIK in both goals and power-play goals and is the most productive teenager in the Swedish elite League by a wide-margin.
So it seemed odd that - following a coaching change at AIK - Jensen found himself a regular healthy scratch...
I reached out to some Swedish hockey writers and the "trade" explanation wasn't something they'd heard anything about. Looking over Swedish articles (thanks to Google translate), I can't find much discussion about this scenario, though I can find a quote from AIK's new coach questioning Jensen's two-way game and opining that Jensen is handling his string of appearances in the press box "well."
Regardless of what's happened or why it has happened, Gillis was dead on when he said that Jensen's banishment wouldn't "last for too much longer." First of all, AIK's season ends on March 5th and they're unlikely to make the SEL's postseason tournament. Also, just yesterday Jensen found himself back in AIK's lineup and played about 17 minutes while scoring the put away goal in his team's come from behind victory over Frolunda.
As the experiment enters its final week or two, it appears that Nicklas Jensen's season with AIK was a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Jensen had to deal with some hiccups as a result of playing on a struggling team going through a coaching change. On the other hand, however, he spent a productive season of development against more difficult competition and it looks like he'll be able to join the American Hockey League at least a month (and maybe as much as six weeks depending on how Oshawa does in the OHL postseason) earlier than if he'd spent the year in Major Junior. That's a worthwhile trade off in my view.
Drance has a little more to the article there, with some quotes, so I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you jumped over to their site for a visit, but I also asked him in the comments if he had more legit info on why Jensen could play in the AHL rather than go back to the CHL:
That's a great question and one I wrestled with (and got at a few people more familiar with the AHL than I). Basically the AHL rules allow the following: "Teams may also add signed draft choices provided that their respective junior or college seasons are complete."
Most of the people I spoke with seemed to think that he'd be treated as a college or major jr. player who had completed his season once AIK's season ends.
So a good explanation for why he wouldn't have to go back to play with Oshawa until their season is done, and how he'd be treated as a player already having completed his season (which is why he'd have to ride it out with AIK) and then be allowed to play with the Wolves like he did last year.