Nick Jensen

Jameson Ewasiuk

2017-09-04

 

Nick Jensen, D

Shoots: R Height: 6-0 Weight: 196
Born: 1990-09-21 Hometown: Rogers, MN, USA Drafted: 2009 by Detroit Red Wings, 150th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 – Made his NHL debut last season against Tampa Bay on December 20th. Jensen played in 49 games for the Red Wings and tallied four goals and 13 points in 49 games. The Detroit organization values the young defender very highly and not only did he finish the season playing on the top pairing with Danny Dekeyser, but the organization also opted to protect him in the expansion draft over young defenders Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet. What Jensen lacks in size he more than makes up for with his excellent mobility, strong puck moving abilities and his competitive nature. This season Jensen will look to prove that he isn’t just a one year wonder after seemingly leapfrogging other defensive prospects on the depth chart last year. He isn’t likely to see much power play time unless injuries occur but he should see a good amount of penalty kill time and will be given every opportunity to solidify his spot in Detroit. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2016 – After narrowly missing out on a spot on the Detroit roster in training camp, Jensen has been a continually strong presence on the Grand Rapids blueline and finally the fourth-year pro has been given the chance to don the winged wheel. He looked confident throughout the ice and in no way out of place on a very young Red Wing defense core. His defensive gaps were exceptional, being aggressive on the puck carrier and forcing a move early before they were able to enter the zone. To cap off the night, he added an assist in the lone Detroit goal by jumping into the rush and firing a quality shot on net in the dying seconds of the third that teammate Anthony Mantha finished off. While much work is still needed, Jensen could project as a dependable shutdown D once he improves his defensive positioning and adapts to the speed of the NHL game. Joseph Highgate

May 2015 – Jensen took a big leap forward in 2015 increasing his totals all across the board. It all started with a strong training camp where he was one of the final cuts for the Red Wings. The increase in production likely falls inline with his ability to stay healthy this season as he suited up in 75 regular season games where he came away with six goals, 21 assists and a staggering plus-30 rating. Jensen’s plus-30 mark was tied for the team