Nick Jensen
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Nick Jensen

Hometown:

St. Paul Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-09-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (150th overall), 2009

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Jensen plays the game in a textbook way, making good decisions. He has good offensive instincts with the puck and is a good skater. Quick enough to recover when he pinches up.

 

Future

A shoulder injury shortened Jensen's first AHL season in 2013-14, but he impressed in the games he did play for Grand Rapids. Jensen will be a fixture of the Griffins' defense as he gains more professional experience in 2014-15.

 

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