Jensen signed a two-year extension worth $1.625 million on Monday. Since being recalled in December, Jensen has been a staple of Detroit's lineup, skating in 27 of a possible 28 games. Jensen hasn't produced much offensively with three goals and five assists in those contests, but is a good skater and can be relied upon in a third-pairing role.
Jensen scored his third goal of the season Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jensen opened the scoring with a beauty, getting Matt Murray to commit on a fake shot before sliding it past the goaltender in close. He also played 19:59 after seeing fewer than 18 minutes in each of the previous four games, but that increase in role was likely due to Mike Green's (illness) absence.
Jensen opened the scoring in Tuesday's road game against the Blue Jackets, but the Red Wings ended up losing 3-2 in overtime. The rookie avoided the waiver wire when Brendan Smith returned from a knee injury, with the Red Wings deciding to cut bait with a different defenseman in Alexey Marchenko -- he's now with Toronto. Jensen limits mistakes and is lauded for his two-way ability, having collected six points with a plus-3 rating despite averaging a mere 15:56 of ice time over 20 games. It's hard to justify using him in fantasy due to limited minutes, but know that he's a serviceable option for a struggling Detroit team.
Jensen went plus-3 with his fourth assist of the season in Saturday's 6-3 home win over the Penguins. Jensen's a 26-year-old rookie, so you can call him a late bloomer, but it's a performance like this that makes it easier to stomach defensemen Niklas Kronwall (lower body) and Brendan Smith (knee) being out of the lineup if you're a fan of the Winged Wheel. Jensen's picked up four assists in 10 games, which is not at all shabby for such a relative unknown.
Jensen was recalled by the Red Wings on Monday. Jensen should provide some depth along the blue line with Alexey Marchenko (shoulder) placed on injured reserve, but the 26-year-old defenseman doesn't provide much in terms of offensive prowess. He does own six points in 27 games with AHL Grand Rapids this season, but it's unlikely he will see much ice time or any man advantage time to justify ownership in most leagues. Should he draw into the lineup during his stay with Detroit, it would represent his NHL debut.
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