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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 207
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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

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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

Niklas Hjalmarsson is surprisingly tied for the team lead in scoring.

He has contributed six assists through nine games to tie him with Chicago's early-season scoring leaders Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. "It's always nice to see," Hjalmarsson said. "I've deserved those assists I've gotten so far. I'm trying to create more and trying to join the rush a little bit more." He also has a plus-7 rating, 10 shots and 21 blocks. His scoring pace will probably slow down though, as he has never reached the 20-point mark in his career and his previous personal high for points in a year came in 2009-10 when he posted 17.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson suggested that he might have given Chicago something of a hometown discount when he inked his five-year/$20.5 million contract.

"Maybe I could have gotten more somewhere else but I make a lot of money so I don’t really have to think about that too much," said Hjalmarsson. "I really like playing for Chicago. I've been here for my whole career overseas and it pretty much feels like home. To imagine playing for a different team is tough for me because I feel so much for the city and for the team." Hjalmarsson is a top-four defenseman that blocks shots and kills penalties. That being said, he doesn't do much offensively.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 09:35:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson's new five-year deal with Chicago is reportedly worth $4.1 million annually.

Hjalmarsson will still come with a $3.5 million cap hit in 2013-14 before his new contract kicks in. Chicago has $36.6 million in cap space spent on seven players for the 2015-16 campaign, not including potential unrestricted free agents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Although the cap will presumably increase significantly over the next couple years, they might still find themselves in a difficult position at that point.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The financial terms haven't been revealed yet, but he still has one campaign at $3.5 million left on his old deal. Hjalmarsson had two goals and 10 points in 46 games last season. He's a solid top-four blueliner, but he doesn't do a ton offensively and that isn't expected to change.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:42:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson was a team-worst minus-three in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win Wednesday.

"I hope it was entertaining for you guys. Personally I didn’t feel like that at all as a defenseman. Five goals against is too much. I was on the ice for three of them," Hjalmarsson said. "As long as we win I’ll be minus-3 every single game. I’m just happy with the outcome." The last time he was a minus player was June 2 against the Los Angeles Kings. Interestingly, Chicago won that game too.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 08:49:00 AM

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson says it doesn't matter if Nathan Horton is out (shoulder) and Tyler Seguin replaces him on the Boston Bruins' top line for Game 2 tonight of the Stanley Cup championship series in Chicago.

Horton's status for tonight remains undecided but Hjalmarsson said the Blackhawks know they have to do a better job of defending that line, regardless. "I think that's a line that has most of the offensive abilities that the good line should have,"Hjalmarsson said. "They got a big body with (Milan) Lucic and Horton is a pretty big guy, too, and (David) Krejci's a good playmaker and good shot, too. So they're obviously one of the best lines in the league, if not the best."
Source: nhl.com
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson had two assists in a 3-2 victory Thursday.

Hjalmarsson also logged a playoffs-high 24:57 minutes to help fill the void created by Duncan Keith’s suspension. Hjalmarsson was impressed by the Blackhawks play after establishing a 3-2 lead at 1:10 of the third period. "We chipped pucks down and the puck just went to their end pretty quick, so we didn't have to play much in our end," Hjalmarsson said. "We had a lot of confidence there." They limited the Kings to just two shots in the third period.
Source: CSN Chicago
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 08:39:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson was furious after his potentially game-winning goal was disallowed late in the third period of Game 7.

Hjalmarsson's goal was called off because an official had blown the play dead for an incident that happened away from Hjalmarsson. "I went blank from there; I got so mad," Hjalmarsson said. "I didn't see the situation and what happened there, but it doesn't matter now. We got the win and Seabs scored a huge goal for us. If we would've lost, it would've been a tough one. But since we won it doesn't really matter much." The call was, to put it lightly, immediately controversial, but as Hjalmarsson said, it was rendered moot thanks to Brent Seabrook's overtime goal. We're sure there's some Hjalmarsson fantasy owners are still sore about the decision though.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, May 30, 2013 08:45:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson credited the Blackhawks internal talks as part of what helped them turn this series around.

"We had a great talk here after Game 4, and I think the last two games we’ve been playing the way we want to play," Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "We have a great group of guys in here." Chicago has fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7. Bryan Bickell termed them as "pump-up speeches" and while the team wants to keep the content of them secret, it certainly seems like they've provided them with extra motivation and focus.
Source: CSN Chicago
Wed, May 29, 2013 08:51:00 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks reshuffled their defensive pairs for Game 5 against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night and it appeared to help them in a 4-1 triumph.

Duncan Keith was reunited with longtime partner Brent Seabrook, who had previously been struggling, but both stars were excellent Saturday night on offense and defense. Niklas Hjalmarsson was with Johnny Oduya. Michael Rozsival and Nick Leddy rounded out the couplings. While all six Chicago d-men were conspicuous with their contributions, Hjalmarsson said before the game that the new arrangements were worth only a shrug. "It doesn't really matter who we end up playing with," he said. "I know the guy next to me is going to have a great effort. It's a matter of focusing on yourself and focusing on your own game instead of thinking about what everyone else is doing out there."
Sun, May 26, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Andrew Shaw
3Michal Handzus
4Marcus Kruger
5Joakim Nordstrom
6Peter Regin
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Brandon Bollig
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Ben Smith
5Jeremy Morin
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Nick Leddy
5Johnny Oduya
6Michal Rozsival
7Sheldon Brookbank
8David Rundblad
G1Corey Crawford
2Nikolai Khabibulin
3Antti Raanta
4Mac Carruth