Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Washington Capitals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Capitals went into the the trade deadline looking for "Michal Kempny 2.0". Though it didn't result in another Stanley Cup, they got what they were looking for in Nick Jensen. The 28-year-old defender was a workhorse for a badly beat up Red Wings team, posting two goals and 13 points in 60 games while averaging 20:48 of ice time prior to being traded to Washington. Signed to a four-year extension, the Minnesotan figures to inherit Matt Niskanen's minutes on the second defense pairing with Dmitry Orlov, and the late-bloomer has an excellent chance to post career highs for the Capitals in 2019-20. However, a lack of power-play opportunity and tough defensive assignments will likely limit his fantasy appeal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Capitals in February of 2019.
Notches helper Wednesday
DWashington Capitals
October 3, 2019
Jensen registered a power-play assist and two blocked shots while logging 20:04 of ice time during Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Blues.
In his first full season with the Capitals after being acquired via trade in February, Jensen looks to have inherited Matt Niskanen's role on the second pairing with Dmitry Orlov. The 29-year-old has a good chance to have a career year now that he's had more time to acclimate to his new surroundings and could provide some modest fantasy value in standard leagues if he can become a more consistent point producer from the back end.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Offense elusive in playoffs
DWashington Capitals
April 23, 2019
Jensen has gone nine straight games without a point dating back to the regular season.
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Notches helper Thursday
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March 28, 2019
Jensen recorded an assist on Nic Dowd's game-winning goal during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
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Lends helping hand in win
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March 6, 2019
Jensen posted an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia.
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To debut for Washington on Sunday
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February 23, 2019
Jensen will make his Capitals debut Sunday versus the Rangers, per coach Todd Reirden.
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Secures four-year extension
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February 22, 2019
The Capitals inked Jensen to a four-year, $10 million contract extension Friday, Frank Seravalli of reports.
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