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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman | #5

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 197
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (108) / CHI
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Niklas Hjalmarsson was surprised and elated by his trade from Chicago to the Coyotes.
Hjalmarsson had only known the Blackhawks in the NHL as he played on their blueline for all or parts of 10 seasons. But he is looking forward to the new challenge of playing with Arizona and especially on the first pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson. "He’s one of the better D-men in the league, so hopefully I can complement him with just playing my style of hockey," said Hjalmarsson, of Ekman-Larsson. "At the same time, maybe try to develop a little bit more of a puck-moving element to my game and be more involved offensively. But at the same time, playing defense first has always been my strength. That’s what I’m expecting of myself." Hjalmarsson had only five goals and 18 points last season but the trade to Arizona should get him closer to 25-30 points. Jun 25 - 7:43 AM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson is projected to play with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Arizona's top defense pairing.

They were together at the World Cup of Hockey for Team Sweden and Ekman-Larsson is looking forward to playing with Hjalmarsson again. "He knows what it takes to win, and I think that's what we're missing right now," said OEL. Hjalmarsson doesn't do much on his own fantasy-wise, but his presence on the back end could free up Ekman-Larsson to do some additional damage offensively.
Jun 24 - 11:18 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

Hjalmarsson had five goals and 18 points in 73 games in 2016-17 while averaging 21:30 minutes per contest. This provides the Coyotes with an experienced top-four defenseman while the Blackhawks are clearing up a little cap space and getting some cost certainty as Murphy is both younger and locked up for far longer. Hjalmarsson has two seasons left on his five-year, $20.5 million contract.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (personal) will not return on Thursday.

Hjalmarsson also missed Tuesday's game. He has five goals and 18 points in 73 games this season.
Apr 6 - 4:34 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (personal) won't play Tuesday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson is back home "dealing with family matters." The Blackhawks defender and his wife are expecting their second child.
Apr 4 - 3:14 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to action Sunday afternoon against the Wild.

He missed Friday night's game against the Red Wings for precuationary reasons. If you need Hjalmarsson, activate him now as Sunday's game starts at 12:30 pm EDT.
Mar 12 - 12:03 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will be a healthy scratch against Detroit on Friday

The veteran defender along with Johnny Oduya are being held out for "precautionary" reasons, per coach Joel Quenneville. Which isn't to suggest there's an injury to report, rather that they could use some pacing down the stretch. The defender they call "Jammer" has suited up 61 times this season with 14 points and 157 blocks to his credit.
Mar 10 - 6:17 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will pair with Johnny Oduya in Thursday's match with the Ducks.

Through 60 games this season Hjalmarsson has posted 14 points along with 156 blocks. He and Oduya will combine to create Chicago's second defensive unit.
Mar 9 - 6:23 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Hjalmarsson was already projected to return on Thursday, so this can be seen as further confirmation. He last played on Feb. 23.
Source: CBS
Mar 8 - 6:08 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) should return on Thursday.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville predicted that Hjalmarsson will be available, though he first needs to be activated off the injured reserve list. Hjalmarsson last played on Feb. 23.
Mar 8 - 2:56 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is on track to play Thursday.

He felt good after Monday's skate and he will be on the ice again Tuesday. Coach Joel Quenneville thinks there's a good chance that Hjalmarsson will play against Anaheim.
Mar 6 - 5:07 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is hoping to return to the lineup sometime next week.

Hjalmarsson has already missed three straight games and he'll also sit out tonight's clash against the Predators. He's still day-to-day for now.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 4 - 10:21 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) will miss the next three games.

He isn't expected to play at all this week and he hasn't resumed skating since leaving last Thursday's game with an apparent back injury.
Feb 28 - 6:54 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) won't play in Sunday's match with the Blues.

Through 60 games this season he has five goals and 14 points along with 156 blocks. He sits 12 points and 10 blocks away from matching career highs. He is considered day-to-day, for now.
Feb 25 - 1:11 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson exited Thursday's game against Arizona due to an upper-body injury.

He was hurt in the first period and wasn't able to return after his fifth shift of the game. The Blackhawks knew he wasn't feeling 100 percent going into the contest, so coach Joel Quenneville dressed seven defensemen as a "precaution." Still, the team did believe he was fine to play. An update on his status may come on Friday.
Feb 24 - 10:20 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Christian Dvorak
3Dylan Strome
4Nick Cousins
5Brad Richardson
6Dave Bolland
LW1Max Domi
2Brendan Perlini
3Clayton Keller
4Jordan Martinook
RW1Tobias Rieder
2Anthony Duclair
3Christian Fischer
4Lawson Crouse
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Jakob Chychrun
5Luke Schenn
6Adam Clendening
7Kevin Connauton
8Kyle Wood
G1Antti Raanta
2Louis Domingue