On Wednesday, Washington Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen spoke to the media on a Zoom call following Group A’s practice on the third day of the 2020-21 training camp. He discussed how the defense will be a “big part of the offense” and why playing in the Toronto bubble last summer was an experience he is hoping to build off from.
Jensen said the defense will be a “big part of the offense”, adding blueliners will keep moving and avoid only first passes. “[It’s] going to be a fast team…gets everyone involved.”
He mentioned that coaches will determine which defensemen will work best together, but noted that the team is “really deep” on the defense core. The 30-year-old also noted that “competition is inevitable” and players’ opportunities will have to be earned by playing their best game.
On fellow defenseman Zdeno Chara, Jensen said it has been a “great experience to skate with him”. He called Chara “vocal” and “easy to communicate with”. Seeing the 43-year-old sporting a Capitals practice sweater caused Jensen to “take a minute to take that in”.
Jensen believes playing under Peter Laviolette will be “better for his skills”, calling the new head coach’s style “beneficial”. Jensen feels he has the ability to skate and move up the ice more. “[I] excel in a structured type of team,” he said.
On the Toronto bubble experience last summer, Jensen is hoping to “build off of” the level of play he had. It was a new situation heading straight into the playoffs, which called the “toughest hockey” to play. He noted that “mentality and preparation” were two key aspects of bubble life and the team “needed to elevate” everything. “[It’s] not always easy, but hopefully…we can start the season off at a higher level.”
By Della Young