Hensick, 21, leads Lake Erie in scoring this season with 13 points (5g/8a) in 18 games, including a seven-game scoring streak from November 10-23 (3g/6a).
After being drafted by the Avalanche in the third round (88th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, Hensick registered 69 points (23g/46a) in 41 games during his remarkable senior season at Michigan last year, earning him the Central Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title. In addition to being a Hobey Baker Award finalist, Hensick was also a consensus first-team All-American.
He led the country in assists, assists-per-game (1.12) and points per game (1.68) in his final campaign with the Wolverines.
Hensick's four-year teammate with the Wolverines, defenseman Matt Hunwick, made his NHL debut earlier this season with the Boston Bruins, as did former teammates Mike Brown with the Vancouver Canucks and forward Andrew Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers.