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#14 Nick Jensen
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 9/21/90
From: Rogers, MN
Height: 6'1
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2009 draft 5th rnd, 150th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed to 2-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 5/2/13
Plus: Tremendous skater both in speed and agility... Handles puck well... Great first first pass... Highly Competitive and tough to play against...
Minus: Not much confidence in scoring ability... Needs to add size...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Defenseman Niklas Kronwall: "He's a good puck-mover, really good skater, You see him going back to get the puck and the next time you see him he's skating it out of our zone. He's been impressive."
What GRC says: 2015-16 The smooth skating rearguard played pretty well in his own end, using his wheels to get to loose pucks and keep them out of danger. His offensive game, while improved from the first half, still was a sharp drop-off from last season. Jensen logs a ton of ice time and is steady but unspectacular, but has not been able to move up in the pack of young defensemen and is now in danger of being passed by Russo. He is now waiver eligible but he is unlikely to stick in Detroit or be claimed on the way to the AHL, so is penciled in for a return to Grand Rapids.
2014-15 Smooth skating blueliner picked up his play in the second half, but really came into his own in the playoffs. He used his speed well to close gaps and protect the puck, and seemed to gain the confidence to jump up in the play more regularly in the latter stages. He shared the league lead in plus/minus at +30, bolstered down the backstretch, where he went +22 in the last half of the season. The postseason also brought a change to Jensen's game as he brought a physical edge to his play and really raised his compete level. He will likely return to the AHL for another season, but if he can maintain his level of play consistently, he is knocking on the door at the NHL.
2013-14 Took advantage of Marchenko's injury to become an everyday player in the lineup. Despite being an older prospect, he was the least impressive of the blue-chip rookies. A smooth skater who moves the puck well, Jensen was hampered by his lack of a physical game.
Fall 2013 Jensen might get off to a slow start because of a shoulder injury suffered during development camp, but if he can stake out a spot on the Griffins blueline he should be a difference maker. He is an incredible skater who is equally comfortable making an outlet pass or showing off his agility and speed by carrying the mail up ice himself. An older prospect, Jensen is ultra-competitive and is not afraid to play physical including dropping the gloves on occasion.
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: NHL Top 4 Defenseman


5/2/13 Signed to 2-yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
5/13/13 Signed to ATO by Grand Rapids (AHL)
9/29/13 Placed on Injured Reserve by Detroit (NHL)
11/19/13 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
11/20/13 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
11/30/13 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
10/6/14 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/13/15 Signed 2 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/4/15 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/24/16 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/26/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)