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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 207
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Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.
Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners. Sep 2 - 8:07 AM
Source: CSN Chicago

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Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been a rock on the Blackhawk blueline, believes that the Western Conference finals had to be decided by a Game 7.

Hjalmarsson is looking forward to Sunday's contest indicating this is why he plays hockey. "I really think this series deserved a Game 7, and I think the crowd deserved it, too. And I think it's going to be a great finish to a great series," Hjalmarsson said. "Hopefully we'll be the winner out of this one, but it's been some really good hockey that's been playing in these games, definitely." As we've said before, don't miss this one. It starts at 8:00 pm ET.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 1 - 9:40 AM

If we asked you which of the current Chicago defensemen has played the most post-season games we imagine Niklas Hjalmarsson would not be your answer.

Most might have said Duncan Keith or perhaps Brent Seabrook. Well, as you might have guessed by now, Hjalmarsson is the correct answer. The underated rearguard has 89 playoff games under his belt to Keith's 88 and Seabrook's 84. Typical of Hjalmarsson, he is under the radar once again.
May 24 - 9:49 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (throat) is healthy enough to talk now.

Hjalmarsson has been playing regardless. He sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck in the throat on May 4. Despite that, he leads the league with 42 blocked shots in 13 playoff games.
May 19 - 3:28 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is tied for fourth in blocked shots in the playoffs.

He can take over the lead today with three blocks as he trails Daniel Girardi and Johnny Boychuk by two and Alexei Emelin by one. All three either are out of the playoffs (Boychuk) or not playing today (Girardi and Emelin. Hjalmarsson has been solid defensively despite a minus-three rating and has three assists in 12 playoff games.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 18 - 8:25 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (throat) missed Chicago's Friday morning skate.

Hjalmarsson is still expected to play on Friday, according the Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. This was Hjalmarsson's second straight day off the ice, but given that he was struck in the throat by the puck hard enough that he's not supposed to speak, it's not surprising that he's resting when he gets the chance.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 9 - 4:50 PM

Johnny Oduya doesn't think that the fact that Niklas Hjalmarsson couldn't speak during Tuesday's game was a big disadvantage.

Oduya is Hjalmarsson's defensive partner. "Obviously, there might be times where a quick callout or something would help out a little bit, but mostly I know where he is," Oduya said. "I can still help him out and talk to him." Hjalmarsson was struck in the throat by the puck in Game 2, but he still managed to play 17:12 minutes in Game 3.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 7 - 4:50 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson logged 17:12 of ice time in Game 3 despite not being medically cleared to speak.

He was struck in the throat by a puck in Game 2 on Sunday. Hjalmarsson probably sustained a fractured larynx on the play, but he didn't miss a shift. Aside from the obvious pain he is playing through, not being able to communicate on the ice is also an issue that he had to deal with. "There are some times you'd like to have some communication with your partner, with a goalie, line changes, who's up and not, who's got who," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But he's a smart guy, and I think he's pretty familiar with his partner, the goalie, those situations. And we'll see how they adapt around the changes, how that plays out." Hjalmarsson has three assists and 34 blocks in nine 2014 postseason games.
May 7 - 8:37 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson isn't supposed to speak after being struck in the throat by the puck on Sunday.

Despite that, Hjalmarsson will still play in Game 3 on Tuesday. He has three assists in eight playoff games.
May 6 - 1:34 PM

If you are looking for an unsung hero from the Blackawks' 3-2 overtime win over the Blues Friday night, take a look at what Niklas Hjalmarsson did in the game.

He blocked six shots, giving him 11 for the series and played a very solid defense in his 23:58 of playing time. Guys like Hjalmarsson don't get much press, but the stay-at-home rearguard surely deserves a lot of credit for the Hawks' big victory Friday night.
Apr 26 - 12:06 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson finally feels back to normal after returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I started feeling normal again (Wednesday)," Hjalmarsson said. "It's been the same thing for most of the other guys, too, so I can't complain, but it's been an adjustment. I haven't been sleeping as much as you want." The timezone change and travel will impact everyone differently. Hjalmarsson won a silver medal with Sweden at the Winter Games.
Mar 7 - 9:19 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson got his fourth goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Sunday's shootout loss to San Jose.

Hjalmarsson has set new career highs this season with four goals and 18 points in 45 games. He leads the Blackhawks with 89 shot blocks and he has recorded a plus-13 rating.
Jan 6 - 11:12 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson scored a goal in Saturday's 5-2 win over Phoenix.

Hjalmarsson has four points in his last five games. He's likely to shatter his career-high of 17 points after recording 13 points in his first 28 contests this season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson collected two helpers Wednesday night.

He earned an assist on Chicago's tying goal from Patrick Sharp and he helped set up Patric Kane's game winner late in the third. Hjalmarsson looks like he is going to set new personal bests for assists and points this season. He already has 10 helpers and 12 points in 26 games.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson has a goal and seven assists in 16 games this season.

"The coaches have always tried to push me on that side of my game," Hjalmarsson said. "They always tell me to try to participate a little bit more offensively. I think I'm just getting more comfortable with the puck. I've been here for a couple of years now, and you just get more comfortable as you rack up the years here. I'm just feeling confident in my game." He's currently on pace for about 36 assists, which would more than double his previous career high. Hjalmarsson contributed eight helpers and 10 points in 46 games during the lockout-shortened season.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Brad Richards
3Andrew Shaw
4Marcus Kruger
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Peter Regin
5Brandon Mashinter
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Ben Smith
5Jeremy Morin
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Nick Leddy
5Johnny Oduya
6Michal Rozsival
7David Rundblad
G1Corey Crawford
2Antti Raanta