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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman | #4

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 197
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (108) / CHI
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With his third goal of the season during Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Devils, Nicklas Hjalmarsson sits just a goal shy of matching his career high for a season.
That's right, Hjalmarsson has yet to post a nickle's worth of goals in a season. He has just 21 for his career. He now has six points on the season as well. Dec 2 - 3:11 AM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson has been switching sides frequently this season, as coach Joel Quenneville likes to switch up his defense pairings.

"If I had to choose, everybody would say the same: They'd play on one side for the whole season and get used to it and find a rhythm," Hjalmarsson said. "But if that's best for our team, I'll do it." When he plays with Duncan Keith or Gustav Forsling, Hjalmarsson skates on the right, and he plays on the left with Brent Seabrook.
Nov 8 - 10:27 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have struggled on killing penalties this year and Niklas Hjalmarsson thinks it's because their confidence is shaken.

The Hawks allowed Columbus to score two power play goals on Friday night. Chicago has killed off just eight of 19 penalties so far this season. "In hockey, we’re always about confidence," Hjalmarsson said. "And when you see a lot of goals go in the net all the time on the PK, it kind of hits the confidence a little bit. … No excuses. It’s up to [us] and we just haven’t been good enough. That’s just how it’s been. We’ve just got to be better."
Oct 22 - 10:32 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will pair with Duncan Keith for Friday's match with the Predators, as he makes his season debut.

The 29-year-old is not much of a fantasy asset aside from blocks, where he average a bit over one per game. If you're looking for a spot-starter for tonight, he's not a bad option. But we wouldn't count on much long-term value.
Oct 14 - 6:47 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson has served his suspension for charging Ty Rattie.

Hjalmarsson was forced to miss some exhibition action and one regular season contest as a result. With that behind him, he'll probably be in the lineup on Friday.
Oct 13 - 3:02 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and one regular-season game for a hit on St. Louis Blues forward Ty Rattie.

He is being disciplined for a charging incident, which occurred at 18:55 of the third period on Oct. 1. Hjalmarsson will be eligible to return on Oct. 14 against Nashville.
Oct 3 - 5:25 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will have a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Safety on Monday regarding a hit to the head on Blues forward Ty Rattie Saturday night.

Hjalmarsson received a match penalty for the infraction that took place in the Chicago's 4-0 victory. He could face a potential suspension of up to five games and a fine of over $5,000.
Oct 2 - 12:28 PM

Nicklas Hjalmarsson picked up his first point of the playoffs during Thursday's Game 5 double overtime win over St. Louis.

The helper give him just 28 points for his career during the postseason in 122 games, so we wouldn't expect much from him moving forward. That said, he played nearly 33 minutes with five blocks which is much more in line with his type of production.
Apr 22 - 2:12 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will be a healthy scratch on Saturday against Columbus.

Through 81 games this season the veteran defender matched a career high of 22 assists, giving him 24 points on the campaign as well. Tack on his 151 blocks and you have yourself quite the depth fantasy player in Hjalmarsson.
Apr 9 - 12:48 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson registered an assist in Chicago's 5-3 win against the Rangers on Wednesday night.

He has picked up a helper in each of his last two games to give him 18 points on the year. Chicago's defense corps combined for five assists in Wednesday's win with every blueliner except Trevor Van Riemsdyk earning a point.
Feb 18 - 8:56 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up his second goal of season during Friday's 3-1 victory over Buffalo.

Hjalmarsson ripped a zinger off a feed he could walk in to from Erik Gustafsson. Almost as if Hjalmarsson has actual puck-shooting skills. Now with two goals, he has 12 points on the season he also contributed a pair of blocks during his 26:08 of work.
Jan 8 - 11:37 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson scored in Chicago's 3-2 loss to the Kings.

Hjalmarsson's second period goal gave the 'Hawks a 2-0 lead in the game before Los Angeles answered with three straight. The 28-year-old has one goal and six points in 24 games.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson isn't worried about Chicago's sluggish start.

"It takes a while for us to panic; we've been around for a long time," he said. Still, Hjalmarsson stressed the importance of getting the team going, especially with a six-game road trip coming up to end the month of November. The veteran defender registered his second assist of the season this past Sunday to give him two points in 15 games.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 09:13:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson believes that the Blackhawks are tough to beat because they offensive contributions from several different players.

"That’s huge, especially this deep in the playoffs," Hjalmsarsson said, "to have a deep team, to have different guys contribute each game and not just [Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane] and those guys. They won the game for us." On Saturday, Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Kris Versteeg. The Hawks are now one win away from winning another Stanley Cup.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (hand/wrist) was able to play on Sunday.

Hjalmarsson left Friday's contest due to the injury, but he didn't end up missing a full game. He had an assist and was on the ice for 22:33 minutes in Chicago's 4-3 win over Winnipeg.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 01:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Vince Hinostroza
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Tyler Motte
3Andrew Desjardins
4Dennis Rasmussen
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Richard Panik
4Ryan Hartman
5Jordin Tootoo
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Brian Campbell
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Trevor van Riemsdyk
6Michal Kempny
7Michal Rozsival
8Gustav Forsling
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling
3Lars Johansson