Just moments ago, it was confirmed by Darren Dreger of TSN, and officially announced by the General Manager Brian MacLellan, that the Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen (and a fifth round 2019 draft pick) from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Madison Bowey and a future second round draft pick in the 2020 Draft.
Continuing on their path of improving the teams’ defense, the Caps have scratched Bowey in previous games, and while it did not seem to be a pressing issue per head coach Todd Reirden to acquire another defenseman, this could be perhaps a Michal Kempny 2.0 situation. Acquired prior to the trade deadline last season, Kempny proved to be a spectacular addition to the team, and won the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with the Caps just a few months later.
Nick Jensen, drafted by the Red Wings 149th overall in 2009 played three seasons with the team, averaging just 14 points per season (NHL). However, under 24 hours ago, Jensen, despite his name swirling around the league, had stated that he hoped he would remain with the team that drafted him, rather than be traded (Kulfan). Despite spending significant time in the minor league prior to making his NHL debut in 2016, Jensen averages around 17 minutes of ice time per night, and adds speed to the defense of whomever he plays for. At 28 years old and 190 career starts with Detroit, Jensen is a mature blue liner with enough speed and physicality to bolster the Caps defense. In 60 games this season, he has registered 79 blocked shots and 61 hits, similar to veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov.
(Pictured: Detroit Red Wings defensemen Nick Jensen, recently traded to the Washington Capitals)(NHL.com)
Madison Bowey, having played two seasons with the Capitals, recently found himself listed under the ‘healthy scratches’ more often than not. Despite a +3 rating, and scoring the first goal of his career, Bowey has struggled to mesh with the team, and has become the topic of criticism involving the Capitals defense (HockeyReference). At just 23 years of age, Bowey could certainly develop into a strong blue liner in Detroit, and become a household name for the organization, just as former Capital Mike Green has done. On the other hand, should he not find his ground in the Motor City, he could prove to be an NHL bust, and find himself back in the American Hockey League.
(Pictured: Capitals Defenseman Madison Bowey, recently traded to the Detroit Red Wings)
With a few days left until the trade deadline, there is the potential for more movement of players, but the Washington Capitals are on the hunt.
Official Caps Press Release:
“Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club,” said MacLellan. “At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.”
Jensen, 28, a native of Rogers, Minn., recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, which is tied for his highest point total of his career, set last season (15a). The 6’0”, 194-pound defenseman’s 50.43 shot attempt percentage (947 shot attempts for, 931 against) led Detroit defensemen at five-on-five among players with at least 40 games played. Additionally, Jensen’s 2:46minutes per game on the penalty kill are the most on the Red Wings and his 165:53 total penalty kill minutes rank 21st in the NHL. Additionally, Jensen was on the ice for 42 goals at five-on-five, the second most on the Red Wings this season.
In 190 career games with Detroit, Jensen has collected 43 points (6g, 37a). Jensen was selected with the Red Wings’ fifth round pick (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Prior to the NHL, Jensen appeared in 222 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), recording 61 points (10g, 51a). Additionally, Jensen was a three-year player at St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2013. In his junior year at the university, Jensen was named to the NCAA (West) First All-American Team and was named the NCAA (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year.
HockeyReference. (2019). Madison Bowey. Retrieved from https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/b/boweyma01.html.
Kulfan, T. (2019). Potential trade target Nick Jensen hopes to remain with Red Wings. Retrieved from https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2019/02/21/nhl-trade-target-nick-jensen-hopes-remain-detroit-red-wings/2938895002/
NHL.com. (2019). Nick Jensen. Retrieved from https://www.nhl.com/player/nick-jensen-8475324