Nick Jensen
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Nick Jensen


St. Paul Minnesota

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5th round (150th overall), 2009


195 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2007-08: Nick Jensen played for Rogers High School in Minnesota.

2008-09: Jensen’s first season with USHL Green Bay Gamblers. Posted 22 points in 52 games. Led the league in plus/minus.

2009-10: Jensen spent another season in the USHL with Green Bay. The blueliner scored 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 53 regular season games. He registered 2 goals, 6 assists for 8 points in 12 postseason appearances. He was named to the 2010 USHL All-Star game.

2010-11: Jensen’s freshmen season at St. Cloud State was by all standards a success. He was able to put up 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 38 games in his first year of college hockey.

2011-12: Jensen was the third-leading scorer for Saint Cloud State as a sophomore. He scored 6 goals with 26 assists in 39 games. Jensen’s plus-14 was the second-best plus/minus on a Huskies team that struggled to stay above .500 most of the season; finishing 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.

2012-13: Jensen skated in 42 games for St. Cloud State in his junior season and was named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the NCAA West First All-American Team. He scored 4 goals and was second on the Huskies with 27 assists; finishing +19 with 14 penalty minutes. 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. Jensen signed a two-year entry-level contract with Detroit in May, 2013 — foregoing his final season of college hockey.

2013-14: Jensen made his AHL debut with Detroit affiliate Grand Rapids in December 2014 following a three-game stint with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleyes; missing nearly three months after suffering a torn labrum during Detroit’s training camp in September 2014. He had 9 assists and was +12 with 8 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games with the Griffins. Grand Rapids finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Jensen had 1 assist and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He had no points nor penalties and was -2 in three ECHL games with Toledo.

2014-15: Jensen was one of the top defensemen for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his second pro season. One of four Griffins’ defensemen to register 20 or more points, he was among the team leaders in plus/minus. Grand Rapids and Rockford were the top two teams in the Midwest Division.

Talent Analysis

Jensen plays the game in a textbook way. He makes smart decisions, has sharp offensive instincts with the puck and is a smooth, fluid skater. He will pinch at times and is quick enough to recover.


Jensen skated for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in 2014-15. Fully-recovered from the injury that wiped out the first half of his rookie season with the Griffins, he was one of the team's top two-way defensemen and displayed many of the elements that led to his success at the college level. At the end of his original entry-level contract, Jensen would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Red Wings by July 2015. If nothing else, his play this season suggests he would be re-signed for organizational depth. Long-term he projects as a sound middle pairing two-way defenseman at the NHL level one day.

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