Nick Jensen

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Nick Jensen
Drew Miller and Nick Jensen, Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan (21713088791).jpg
Born (1990-09-21) September 21, 1990 (age 27)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
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 Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jensen was drafted 150th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

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]

Professional[edit]

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]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing United States USA
World Junior A Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2009 Summerside
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Denmark

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.[9] He recorded one goal and three assists in 10 games and won a bronze medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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
NHL totals 130 4 24 28 39

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 10 1 3 4 0
Senior totals 10 1 3 4 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Third Team 2011–12
All-WCHA First Team 2012–13 [10]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2012–13

References[edit]

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

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Justin Schultz
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
2012–13
Succeeded by
Colton Parayko