Nicklas Jensen celebrates his second career NHL goal

Nicklas Jensen celebrates his second career NHL goal

Canucks send Nicklas Jensen to AHL; Regular season roster basically set

Vancouver's opening night lineup is nearly set, with Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins likely flanking Nick Bonino on the team's 2nd line.

Well, we basically now know the Vancouver Canucks’ opening night roster.

The Canucks sent young winger Nicklas Jensen down to the AHL’s Utica Comets on Monday, just two days before the start of the 2014-15 NHL season. Jensen played in 17 games with Vancouver last year, registering three goals and three assists in a sometimes great, other times inconsistent tryout.

Jensen (21 years old, drafted 29th overall in 2011) was seen as a hopeful to make Vancouver’s roster this season, especially after a strong preseason, but the summer additions of forwards like Linden Vey, Nick Bonino, Derek Dorsett and Radim Vrbata – combined with the limited options available for rookie Bo Horvat and center Shawn Matthias – most likely made him Vancouver’s final cut, or one of them.

“Don’t be too disappointed for him,” writes Nucks Misconduct‘s Nick Mercadante (link below). “I would imagine he and/or (Hunter Shinkaruk) will be the first shuttled up when someone is injured or under-performs. They both still have developmental work to do, and they won’t be long for the AHL, you’ll see.

“Each has NHL-caliber play in them that will almost certainly be tapped into as soon as this year.”

The Canucks haven’t narrowed their roster dow to 23 men just yet, with issues further complicated by injuries to Horvat and defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Frank Corrado. Yannick Weber looks like the odd man out on defence right now (behind bottom six blueliners Luca Sbisa and Ryan Stanton) and Tom Sestito is the team’s 13th (healthy) forward.

The only sure things for Wednesday night’s opener against the Calgary Flames: Radim Vrbatat playing right wing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Miller will be in net.

Other than that, the following lines were observed at Canucks’ team practice on Monday (Nucks Misconduct) and are believed to be the combinations we’ll see for Game 1 against Calgary.

On the second and third lines, centers Nick Bonino and Linden Vey will most likely be flanked by some combination of Zack Kassian, Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins, and Brad Richardson, who normally plays center.

Dorsett, Matthias, and Jannik Hansen figure to see time on Vancouver’s fourth line.

Eddie Lack, of course, will backup Ryan Miller.

Just Posted

Satwinder Bains of Abbotsford is the recipient of the 2021 aculty Service Excellence Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)
Satwinder Bains receives UFV Faculty Service Excellence Award

Bains has guided South Asian Studies Institute as director since 2006

The City of Abbotsford has prepared a draft Urban Forest Strategy that is now headed to public consulation.
Draft plan adopted for managing Abbotsford’s urban forests over next 25 years

Urban Forest Strategy now heads to public-consultation process

Country music star Chris Lane stops in Abbotsford next February. (Submitted)
Country music star Chris Lane coming to Abbotsford

Multi-platinum artist bringing ‘Fill Them Boots’ to Abbotsford Centre on Feb. 19, 2022

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

The intersection of Blueridge Drive and Blue Jay Street is one of three intersections in Abbotsford approved for traffic lights this year. (Google Street View)
Traffic signals approved at 3 Abbotsford intersections

Projects part of $1.45M in road upgrades around community

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read