SCSU’s Jensen Signs With Wings

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.


Denver (3)
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


Michigan (2)
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils

Minnesota (5)
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

Wisconsin (1)
Brendan Woods, so, F, Carolina Hurricanes

7 Responses

  1. FreshmanSioux

    Any word if he will be joining the team right away? The red wings could use some help on their D-line

    1. Bill Harrie

      The Red Wings are assigning him to the Grand Rapids Griffens. He will not be with the Wings this year and not likey next year. The Wings have a number of very good young defensemen, including Brendan Smith (Wisconsin) and Danny DeKeyser (Western Michigan)

    2. Devo

      Jensen also delayed his signing in part to take finals (he’s a finance major) so that he wouldn’t waste the past five months of studying.

  2. SophmoreSioux

    Playoff rosters are already set, he wont be playing with the Redwings this season.

  3. siouxram

    Brad do you have the number of early Wcha early departures if any? Thanks for all you do.

  4. Wait...What?

    I realize NHL playoff rosters are set… but DeKeyser is now out with broken hand/wrist. What is the rule on injured players? Are they able to add to roster for next round? Or is Detroit SOL?

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