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.
September 21, 1990|
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||United States|
150th overall, 2009|
Detroit Red Wings
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.
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.
Detroit Red WingsEdit
On May 2, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings signed Jensen to a two-year entry-level contract.
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.
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. He was reassigned to the Griffins on January 26 without featuring in a game.
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. On February 27, 2017, the Red Wings signed Jensen to a two-year contract extension.
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.
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. He was then re-signed to a four-year, $10 million contract extension by the Capitals.
|Representing United States|
|World Junior A Challenge|
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. He recorded one goal and three assists in 10 games and won a bronze medal.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-WCHA Third Team||2011–12|
|All-WCHA First Team||2012–13|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2012–13|
- "Nick Jensen prospect profile". hockeysfuture.com. February 3, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- "Quinnipiac victors in Frozen Four semi-finals". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
- Beam, Todd (May 2, 2013). "Red Wings sign Nick Jensen to entry-level deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- Kujawa, Kyle (July 13, 2015). "Red Wings bring back Callahan and Jensen". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Tangradi, Jensen recalled; assign Andersson". Detroit Red Wings. January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (January 26, 2016). "Andersson recalled, two reassigned". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (December 19, 2016). "Detroit recalls defenseman Nick Jensen". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (February 27, 2017). "Red Wings sign Jensen to two-year extension". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
- "Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen and Fifth Round Pick from Detroit Red Wings". NHL.com. February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
- "Capitals Re-sign Nick Jensen". NHL.com. February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
- Kulfan, Ted (April 28, 2018). "Red Wings Larkin, Jensen join Team USA for worlds". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
- "Conference Honors 2012-13". collegehockeyinc.com. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.