St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen has signed with the Detroit Red Wings, giving up his final year of college eligibility.
Jensen won the WCHA’s defensive player of the year award and could have won the league’s player of the year award. While Drew LeBlanc had a great season and won Hobey for the Huskies, Jensen was probably their best player, controlling games from the back end.
Jensen racked up 31 points in 44 games from the blue line and had 86 points in three years.
He is the first player to turn pro early from St. Cloud State and the eighth NCHC player to sign early.
NCHC EARLY SIGNINGS
Scott Mayfield, so, D, New York Islanders
Juho Olkinuora, so, G, Winnipeg Jets
Nick Shore, jr, F, Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Boston Bruins
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
North Dakota (1)
Derek Forbort, jr, D, Los Angeles Kings
St. Cloud State (1)
Nick Jensen, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
BIG TEN EARLY SIGNINGS
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, jr, F, Florida Panthers
Mark Alt, jr, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Erik Haula, jr, F, Minnesota Wild
Ohio State (1)
Chris Crane, jr, F, San Jose Sharks
Brendan Woods, so, F, Carolina Hurricanes