Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Detroit Red Wings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jensen and Mike Green were the lone right-shooting regulars at work on Detroit's blue line last season. For the former, this paved his way to a full-time role at hockey's highest level. Even though Jensen is typically given bottom-four minutes, he registered 15 helpers over 81 games to complement 71 hits and 88 blocked shots in 2017-18. Still, the Minnesota native has a slippery grip on the starting role with a handful of defensive prospects -- including Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek -- waiting for opportunities in Detroit. This is Jensen's job to lose. Read Past Outlooks
Factors into opening tally
DDetroit Red Wings
November 10, 2018
Jensen set up an Andreas Athanasiou goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout road win over the Hurricanes.
ANALYSIS
Jensen's apple gives him four points through 16 games. He's been terrific with puck possession based on a Corsi For percentage of 54.0 in even-strength situations, but the Wings are content with the Minnesota native logging about 19 minutes per game and limiting mistakes from the back end.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#3 Right Defenseman
DET RD PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:46
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:09
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:45
0:04
1:32
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
16:15
0:04
1:55
2018–19
18:46
0:05
3:09
2017 Fantasy Outlook
An industrious blueliner who began his playing career with the Green Bay Gamblers and later St. Cloud State in his home state of Minnesota, Jensen didn't make his NHL debut until this past season, when Alexey Marchenko -- who was ultimately waived and picked up by the rival Maple Leafs -- sustained a shoulder injury. The net result for Jensen was an output of 13 points (four goals, nine assists), 12 PIM and a minus-7 rating in 49 games with the Red Wings, and he managed to avoid another stint with AHL Grand Rapids. Wings GM Ken Holland was so impressed by the smooth-skating rearguard that he got him under contract for two more years with a midseason extension. Jensen is far from flashy, and there are hundreds of more potent offensive weapons for the taking, but he should continue to thrive as a well-rounded, bottom-four defenseman with a role in shorthanded situations. He's a perfect example of a player whose real-life value transcends his fantasy contributions.
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Gets two goals in game
DDetroit Red Wings
October 11, 2018
Jensen scored twice Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
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Tenuous grip on starting role
DDetroit Red Wings
August 17, 2018
Jensen is no lock to be a regular with the Red Wings this season, MLive.com reports.
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Solid but unspectacular campaign
DDetroit Red Wings
April 10, 2018
Jensen finished with 15 assists as his entire point total through 81 games this season.
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Starting to heat up
DDetroit Red Wings
April 1, 2018
Jensen has picked up the offensive pace with two assists over the last three games.
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Manages rare two-point effort
DDetroit Red Wings
February 11, 2018
Jensen produced a pair of even-strength assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime road win over the Capitals.
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