Capitals Trade Madison Bowey, Draft Pick to Detroit For Nick Jensen

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.

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:

“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


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.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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22 Responses to Capitals Trade Madison Bowey, Draft Pick to Detroit For Nick Jensen

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sound deal. Bowey was never going to crack the Caps lineup. Now he has a shot. Caps get a top-4 dman for the back-to-back run.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Outstanding! Looks like GMBM has been reading your Blog, Jon Sorensen! Jensen is cut from a similar mold as our Czech defender Kempny. Underrated and kills penalties! Will allow Caps to ease up on the 25-plus minutes-per-night of John Carlson and other Top-4 defensemen. And finally admits that #22 was a bust. Hooray! Caps actually FIX a problem instead of brooding about it [Nice of the Red Wings to relieve that Caps of yet another underachieving defenseman]

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  4. Eric Winebarger says:

    Bowey was in the unenviable position of being an inexperienced player trying to crack the lineup of a defending champ that really can’t afford his growing pains. in Detroit, he’ll get a chance to develop with a rebuilding team. The Caps are in win-now mode before an aging core and the salary cap force them into a rebuild of their own, and Jensen is solid in both ends. This trade makes a lot of sense for both teams and both players.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      That’s a good way to put it. Aspiring championship teams don’t have the time and luxury to wait for a young guy to develop. A rebuilding team, like Detroit, can be patient for a guy to develop.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    We need a forward to win face offs at the dots. Let’s get this done Caps.

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