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Islanders Draft Central Day 21: Nicklas Jensen & William Karlsson

With 21 days left until the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, help the New York Islanders count down to draft day, where they will have the fifth overall pick.

Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 4:48 PM / 2011 Draft Central
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders Draft Central Day 21: Nicklas Jensen & William Karlsson
Nicklas Jensen, a wing for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League, and William Karlsson, a center for Vasteras Jr., are ranked twenty-first on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
draft profiles
Nicklas Jensen
North American Skater
Oshawa, OHL
Final Rank:  21 Midterm Rank:  20
Position:  Left/Right Wing
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'2" Weight:  187
Born:  March 6, 1993 
Hometown:  Herning, DNK
William Karlsson
European Skater
Vasteras Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank:  21 Midterm Rank:  54
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  163
Born:  January 8, 1993
Hometown:  Marsta, SWE

Each day as we get closer to the June 25 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles, CA, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 25 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)

Isles Scout Tim MacLean
On Nicklas Jensen - The big smooth skating Dane was streaky in his first year in North America, but when he was on he showed off a great shot and release with the ability to finish (29 goals). Jensen isn’t a guy who is going to dominate with his physical play, but he has good size and plays hard in traffic. There are lots of positives in his game.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Nicklas 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.

Oshawa Generals GM and coach Chris DePiero
On Nicklas Jensen - He's starting to take off, certainly after Christmas, after he returned from the World Junior B pool and spending some time at home, since he's been back he's been on fire. It's renewed confidence for him. He's proving that the accolades coming his way are well deserved. They feed off each other (Lucas Lessio, Andy Andreoff and Nicklas Jensen). It's not the pretty passing plays, it's the little touch passes. They utilize their size and their quickness. Their puck protection is excellent. … They have a chemistry, the three of them. It's been kind of neat.

Isles Scout Vellu Kautonen
On William Karlsson - Karlsson is another solid two-way player. He has the ability to make plays but is very good in the defensive zone.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Winiewski  deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals

The Islanders have selected one player from the Oshawa Generals in each of
the past two draft years. Tony DeHart (2010, 125th overall) and Calvin de Haan (2009, 12th overall), have been Generals teammates since the 2008-09 season. There currently aren't any other Islanders prospects in the Generals system.

If the Islanders select Nicklas Jensen in this year's draft, he will be the third prospect in the Isles system to have played for the Generals.

In the past, the Islanders have selected Tyrone Garner (1996, 83rd overall), Brent Grieve (1989, 65th overall), Iain Fraser (1989, 233rd overall) and Jeff Hackett (1987, 34th overall), all from Oshawa.


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