The New York Rangers picked up depth forward Nicklas Jensen from the Vancouver Canucks last season, acquiring him in a trade for former fellow first round pick Emerson Etem.
Now, they’ve brought the Danish forward back for another season.
The Rangers confirmed on Tuesday morning that Jensen has inked an extension with the Metropolitan Division club this week, bringing the restricted free agent back for what is presumed to be another season. They also confirmed that defenseman Mat Bodie will be back on a new deal of his own; like Jensen, Bodie is expected to be back on a one year deal.
The two pending RFAs spent their entire 2015-16 seasons at the AHL level. Jensen, who started off the year in Vancouver’s system, split his time between the Utica Comets and the Hartford Wolf Pack, while Bodie spent the entire year with Hartford.
Drafted 29th overall by the Canucks in 2011 (ironically, just one year after the Anaheim Ducks initially selected Etem 29th overall), Jensen finished his 2015-16 campaign with 19 goals and 37 points between Utica and Hartford, although 15 of those goals came during his 41 game stint with the Wolf Pack. He’s played in a collective 24 regular season NHL games since going pro in 2012, although he’s only put up three goals and six points so far.
Bodie, on the other hand, came to the Rangers as an undrafted free agent out of Union College. In his first two years of pro hockey, he’s played exclusively at the minor league level, although he managed to rack up seven goals and 36 points in 76 regular season games for Hartford last year.