With one day left in the 2016 IIHF World Championship round robin, Team Denmark sits at fourth place in Group A with all their preliminary games played. They haven't made the playoffs just yet, though: Team Switzerland sits three points behind them, and with a win in regulation over the Czech Republic, they could leap over the Danes, as they beat Denmark when they faced off against one another.
The Czechs will be fighting for first place in Group A, though, so they're not going to go down so easy. So things look good for Denmark - and for their leading scorer, New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen.
Watch as Nicklas Jensen get the shootout winner for @DKIshockey. Big win over the Czechs. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/OUJcKeJKBY— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 15, 2016
Jensen has five goals and two assists for seven points through seven games. He's the only point per game player on Team Denmark; the next closest guys are Frederik Storm, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Lars Eller, all of whom have five points each. Jensen has 29 shots on goal, second behind Ehlers (who has 31); he's averaged 16:14 a game, which actually puts him seventh in forward ice time.
Nicklas Jensen scores beautiful shootout winner #IIHFWorlds https://t.co/zCSwAxmKUh— The Daily Hockey (@TheDailyHockey_) May 15, 2016
But he's been kicking ass out there (and in the shootout), helping the Danes to a great showing this tournament - and evidently, making a name for himself as he seeks an extension with the Rangers as a restricted free agent.
Nicklas Jensen (#NYR) scores his fifth goal of #IIHFWorlds on the PP. pic.twitter.com/0DQSCEpGok— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) May 16, 2016
Yeah, this is a kid who should probably get some serious consideration.