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How Nick Jensen Can Help Another Team

02/21/2019 at 2:01pm EST

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

Most teams at this stage aren’t looking for a power-play quarterback, so the focus for available defencemen comes in two areas: moving the puck up the ice and defending.

Today, we’ll look at which available defencemen are the most proficient puck movers...

Nick Jensen is a player who has been quietly efficient for a couple of years now, with his name starting to appear on the lists of underrated players in the NHL. He’s right up there with Tanev in overall transition ability except he opts for the stretch pass more often, which can be a bit less successful and a bit riskier, but carries with it a bit more reward as well. Curiously, Jensen finished right beside Tanev in a quick ranking of the best defensive defencemen in the league this season, and they’re both right handed. If Tanev isn’t available, Jensen is the player teams should focus in on.

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