Jordan Henry

Hometown:

Milo Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-02-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2007

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Henry spent his fourth season in the WHL with Red Deer after joining the Rebels in a mid-season trade the previous season. He scored 7 goals with 25 assists and was +11 with 162 PIM in 72 games. Six of his seven goals were scored on the power play. Henry had 4 assists and was +4 with 26 in the Rebels’ seven-game first round playoff series with Medicine Hat.

2007-08: Henry was signed to a free agent contract by the Panthers and split the season between Florida’ AHL affiliate in Rochester and the ECHL Florida Everblades. Henry scored 3 gaosl with 5 assists and was -6 with 73 PIM in 49 games with Rochester. In 20 games with the Florida Everblades, he scored 2 goals and 2 assists and was +1 with 14 PIM.

2008-09: Henry spent his second season of pro hockey with Rochester on a full-time basis and provided a physical defensive presence to an Americans roster that was in flux most of the season due to injuries and call-ups. After getting off to a late start because of an injury at the beginning of the season, he scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was -8 with 111 PIM on a Rochester team that finished last in its division and failed to reach the AHL playoffs.

2009-10:Henry spent his second full season with Rochester and continued to be a steady force on a much-improved Rochester club that finished second in its division and reached the second round of the AHL playoffs. Henry scored 13 goals with 18 assists with 104 PIM and his +22 plus/minus tied Clay Wilson for tops on the Amerks. Henry scored four goals, three of them on the power play, in Rochester’s first round seven game playoff loss to Abbottsford. He was -2 for the series with 23 PIM.

Talent Analysis

Henry was considered a pure defensive defenseman with limited skating and puckhandling skills when Florida signed him as a free agent after his WHL career. By improving his strength and fitness level, he developed into a solid AHL defender and added some offensive elements to his game.

Future

With a number of quality defenders in Panthers' camp, Henry recently signed a contract with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL for the 2009-10 season. Henry's improvement with the Panthers should serve as inspiration to undrafted players about the merits of working hard. At the same time, he would likely be the odd-man out with the Panthers and his talent level is somewhere between the AHL and NHL level. With a successful season or two in Russia, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for Henry to earn a lower pairing spot at the NHL level in the future.