The Washington Capitals traded defenseman Madison Bowey and a second round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to the Detroit Red Wings for Defenseman Nick Jensen.
The trade was first reported by TSN’s hockey insider, Darren Dreger, via Twitter Friday afternoon.
For Madison Bowey and a 2nd in 2020 https://t.co/DuPj2y3Ifk
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 22, 2019
The Capitals will also receive a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Jensen, 28, is set to become a UFA at the end of the season and has a current cap hit of $812,500. Madison Bowey, 23, carries a $1M cap hit, and his contract runs through 2020-21.
The Capitals later confirmed the deal via their Twitter account:
OFFICIAL | #Caps have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen and a 2019 fifth round pick (originally from Buffalo) from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second round pick. #ALLCAPS https://t.co/FVm85tjsHR
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 22, 2019
“Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club. At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.” – GM Brian MacLellan
FROM CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen and a 2019 fifth round pick (originally from Buffalo) from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second round pick, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
“Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club,” said MacLellan. “At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.”
Jensen, 28, a native of Rogers, Minn., recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, which is tied for his highest point total of his career, set last season (15a). The 6’0″, 194-pound defenseman’s 50.43 shot attempt percentage (947 shot attempts for, 931 against) led Detroit defensemen at five-on-five among players with at least 40 games played. Additionally, Jensen’s 2:46 minutes per game on the penalty kill are the most on the Red Wings and his 165:53 total penalty kill minutes rank 21st in the NHL. Additionally, Jensen was on the ice for 42 goals at five-on-five, the second most on the Red Wings this season.
In 190 career games with Detroit, Jensen has collected 43 points (6g, 37a). Jensen was selected with the Red Wings’ fifth round pick (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Prior to the NHL, Jensen appeared in 222 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), recording 61 points (10g, 51a). Additionally, Jensen was a three-year player at St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2013. In his junior year at the university, Jensen was named to the NCAA (West) First All-American Team and was named the NCAA (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year.