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2019-20 Rink Wrap: Nick Jensen

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From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2019-20 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2020-21. Next up, Nick Jensen

NHL: Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Regular Season:

Playoffs:

Key Stat: Since coming to Washington, Nick Jensen has shot 103 pucks on net. Not one has went in.

The Good: Okay so yes, Nick Jensen has struggled to score. However, he provides plenty of other value to the Caps. He’s an above-average possession defenseman (he’s above-water in Corsi, scoring chances, and expected goals), and he seemed to mesh well when paired with Dmitry Orlov. Former head coach Todd Reirden seemed to notice Jensen’s improvement as the year went on, and played him an increasingly large amount of time.

The Bad: Okay fine, let’s talk about Nick Jensen’s lack of offense. Over the last 2 years, Jensen’s 1.29 shooting percent was the second-lowest among players who have skated more than 2,000 minutes (only Roman Polak was lower). What’s somewhat interesting about Jensen is that he regularly skates up into the rush, so it seems like only a matter of time before he scores...we hope.

The Video: So Nick Jensen doesn’t have any goal highlights. What he does have is maybe the most embarrassing fight of the Caps last year:

There’s just so much there to digest...but I daresay that Jensen probably should leave the fighting to Tom Wilson.

The Charts:

via Hockeyviz.com

The Discussion: Nick Jensen seemed to take a step forward in the second half of the year, and he was one of more active defenseman against the Islanders. What would you like to see Jensen’s role be next year, and who would be an ideal defensive partner for him? Finally, what would it take for you to give him a 10 next year?

Other Jensen Season Reviews: Coming soon!

The Vote: Rate Jensen below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.

Poll

How do you rate Nick Jensen’s 2019-20 season?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    10
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    9
    (13 votes)
  • 15%
    8
    (30 votes)
  • 23%
    7
    (47 votes)
  • 16%
    6
    (32 votes)
  • 14%
    5
    (28 votes)
  • 16%
    4
    (32 votes)
  • 4%
    3
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    2
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    1
    (2 votes)
197 votes total Vote Now