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Nick Jensen
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Born September 21 1990 (1990-09-21) (age 29),
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 150th overall, 2009
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2013–present

Nick Jensen (born September 21, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jensen was drafted 150th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Jensen played college hockey with the St. Cloud State Huskies in the NCAA Men's Division I WCHA conference. In his freshman season at St. Cloud State, Jensen recorded five goals and 18 assists in 38 games.

In his sophomore season, Jensen was the third-leading scorer for St. Cloud State. Jensen recorded six goals and 26 assists in 39 games. St. Cloud State finished sixth in the competitive WCHA. After sweeping Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the playoffs, the Huskies suffered a season-ending loss to North Dakota in the Final Five quarterfinal.[1]

In his junior season, Jensen skated in 42 games for St. Cloud State, and was named the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the NCAA West First All-American Team. Jensen recorded four goals and was second on the Huskies with 27 assists. St. Cloud State finished tied with Minnesota for first in the WCHA and rebounded from a loss to Wisconsin in the WCHA semifinals to reach the Frozen Four. St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame, 5–1, and Miami, 4–1, to capture the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to Quinnipiac, 4–1, in the Frozen Four semifinals.[2]

ProfessionalEdit

Detroit Red WingsEdit

On May 2, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings signed Jensen to a two-year entry-level contract.[3]

During the 2014–15 season, Jensen recorded six goals and 21 assists in 75 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, and ranked second among Griffins defenseman in scoring. Jensen finished the season with a plus-30 rating, which was tied for the best plus-minus rating in the AHL. On July 13, 2015, the Detroit Red Wings signed Jensen to a two-year contract extension.[4]

During the 2015–16 season, on January 24, 2016, Jensen was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, Jensen recorded two goals and six assists in 39 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins.[5] He was reassigned to the Griffins on January 26 without featuring in a game.[6]

On December 19, 2016, Jensen was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, Jensen recorded one goal and five assists in 27 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He made his NHL debut for the Red Wings the following day in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[7] On February 27, 2017, the Red Wings signed Jensen to a two-year contract extension.[8]

During the 2018–19 season, his third season with the Red Wings, Jensen recorded two goals and 13 assists, tying his previous season high totals through 60 games with 15 points.

Washington CapitalsEdit

While in the final year of his contract, Jensen was traded by the Red Wings, along with a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Madison Bowey, and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on February 22, 2019.[9] He was then re-signed to a four-year, $10 million contract extension by the Capitals.[10]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2018 Denmark
World Junior A Challenge
Gold 2009 Summerside

On April 28, 2018, Jensen and fellow Red Wings teammate Dylan Larkin were named to the United States men's national ice hockey team to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[11] He recorded one goal and three assists in 10 games and won a bronze medal.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 52 5 17 22 27 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 53 6 21 27 35 12 2 6 8 6
2010–11 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 38 5 18 23 10
2011–12 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 39 6 26 32 4
2012–13 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 42 4 27 31 4
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 45 0 9 9 8 10 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Toledo Walleye ECHL 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 6 21 27 15 16 0 3 3 4
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 3 16 19 17 9 0 2 2 0
2016–17 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 27 1 5 6 6
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 4 9 13 12
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 0 15 15 27
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 2 13 15 17
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 20 0 5 5 4 7 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 210 6 42 48 60 7 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 United States WC Bronze medal icon 10 1 3 4 0
Senior totals 10 1 3 4 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Third Team 2011–12
All-WCHA First Team 2012–13 [12]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2012–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nick Jensen prospect profile. hockeysfuture.com (February 3, 2013). Retrieved on February 3, 2013.
  2. Quinnipiac victors in Frozen Four semi-finals. Western Collegiate Hockey Association (April 1, 2013). Retrieved on April 1, 2013.
  3. Beam, Todd (May 2, 2013). Red Wings sign Nick Jensen to entry-level deal. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on May 2, 2013.
  4. Kujawa, Kyle (July 13, 2015). Red Wings bring back Callahan and Jensen. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on July 13, 2015.
  5. Tangradi, Jensen recalled; assign Andersson. Detroit Red Wings (January 24, 2016). Retrieved on January 24, 2016.
  6. Kujawa, Kyle (January 26, 2016). Andersson recalled, two reassigned. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on January 26, 2016.
  7. Kujawa, Kyle (December 19, 2016). Detroit recalls defenseman Nick Jensen. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on December 19, 2016.
  8. Kujawa, Kyle (February 27, 2017). Red Wings sign Jensen to two-year extension. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  9. Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen and Fifth Round Pick from Detroit Red Wings (February 22, 2019). Retrieved on February 23, 2019.
  10. Capitals Re-sign Nick Jensen (February 22, 2019). Retrieved on February 23, 2019.
  11. "Red Wings Larkin, Jensen join Team USA for worlds", April 28, 2018. Retrieved on May 11, 2018. 
  12. Conference Honors 2012-13. collegehockeyinc.com (2013-03-25). Retrieved on 2013-03-25.

External links Edit

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