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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wings take another D-man in fifth round

Nick Jensen is the latest Red Wings' prospect, drafted in the fifth round with the 150th overall selection.

Jensen is a 6-1 right-handed shooting defenseman who played for Green Bay of the USHL last season. The 18-year-old was a league-best plus-34, but was the third leading scoring defenseman on the Gamblers behind a pair of 19-year-olds.

Jensen is a native of Minnesota, playing as a junior at Rogers High in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. He spent his senior year in Green Bay playing in the USHL.

Jensen is committed to playing at St. Cloud State University, but reports are that he will play one more season in the USHL before playing collegiate hockey.

Under NHL rules, the Wings may retain Jensen's rights as a collegian for a couple of years longer than they can with North American junior or European players.

Jensen has been labeled a good skating, puck-handling defenseman. Hi father, Jeff Jensen, was a 10th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.


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