Nick Jensen 2023 Report Card

Nick Jensen, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Jensen, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Next up on our Washington Capitals end of season player report cards is Nick Jensen, who had just finished his fourth season with the team. His efforts the past four in a half years earned him a three year contract extension.

His new deal will carry an average annual value of $4.05 million. The 32 year old defenseman tied a career high that he set last season with five goals. He also had a career high 24 assists and a career high 29 points. Last season he led the Caps in plus minus with plus 32.

Jensen’s contract extension was part of a busy day for Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. He acquired 22 year old defenseman Rasmus Sandin from Toronto for Erik Gustafsson. He also shipped Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild earlier in the day.

Jensen’s extension was the third contract extension to come mid season after the Caps re upped Dylan Strome and Sonny Milano. Strome was five years while Milano’s was three.

Jensen’s raise is an increase from the AAV of $2.5 million that he made the last four seasons. This deal made sense for both sides. The Caps need a mix of veterans and youth and Jensen has proven to be reliable on the blue line.

Jensen’s Corsi For percentage finished off at 49.30 percent, a 49.79 percent Expected Goals For percentage and a 48.78 percent High Danger Chances For percentage, via Natural Stat Trick.

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Grade B+: Jensen showed how reliable he was this season as he stepped up as many of his teammates went down. He did go down with injuries here and there but when healthy he’s very effective at shutting it down. I’m glad the team decided to re sign him instead of trade him. He’ll be one of the key defenseman back in the lineup next season. We’ll see if he cashes in on his payday.