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4 Niklas Hjalmarsson D
Height/Weight: 6-3/207 | Birthdate: 6/6/1987 | Birthplace: Eksjo, Sweden | Team: Chicago Blackhawks | College: None | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 34/25 | Average Draft Position: 184.53
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5/9/2014

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Skips Practice, To Play Game 4

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson, who skated in Game 3 despite not being able to talk after taking a shot to his throat in Game 2, will skate in Game 4 against the Wild despite not practicing in the morning skate, CSN Chicago.com reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson has been off the ice for the past two days but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he's just resting. The defenseman has taken his shot-blocking lumps in the postseason, the most frightening when he caught a puck in the throat in Game 2 on Sunday. Hjalmarsson has been advised not to speak for some time but he has played through it.

5/7/2014

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson (Throat) To Play Game 3

News: Hjalmarrson, who took a shot to his throat in Game 2 on Sunday, will be able to skate on Tuesday in Game 3, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson was hit by a shot during the first period of Game 2 on Sunday. He fell to the ice and remained there for a few minutes. He skated to the bench on his own, was examined by the Blackhawks' medical staff and returned to the ice for his next shift. He received medical clearance to play, but will not be able to talk for a couple of weeks. Hjalmarsson wore a protective neck guard during the Tuesday morning skate.

5/5/2014

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago's Hjalmarsson Picks Up Two Assists Sunday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson assisted on two goals in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Wild.
Analysis: Up until Sunday, it had been a relatively quiet postseason on the offensive end for Niklas Hjalmarsson, who tallied only one point in the previous seven games. Hjalmarsson also provided four blocked shots in the 4-1 victory.

4/26/2014

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Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Blocks Six Shots In Game 5

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson continued his solid play in the Stanley Cup playoff series against the Blues with six blocked shots on Friday in the Hawks' 3-2 win in overtime in Game 5.
Analysis: With the game-high six shots, Hjalmarrson leads the NHL with 24 blocked shots in the playoffs. With Brent Seabrook out for the last three games because of a suspension, Niklas Hjalmarsson has been instrumental in propelling the Blackhawks to a three-game winning streak.

4/12/2014

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Not Playing Saturday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The 'Hawks are merely resting some key players in preparation for the playoffs. Also sitting Saturday are Duncan Keith, Marcus Kruger, and Michael Handzus.

2/12/2014

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Playing Well

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson has four goals and 19 assists in 60 games at the Olympic break.
Analysis: His offensive numbers won't blow you away, but by many accounts Niklas Hjalmarsson is having his best season as a pro. His steady play has earned him and partner Johnny Oduya the top defensive assignments most nights, not to mention the fact that they'll remain paired together for Team Sweden in Sochi.

12/28/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Picks Up Two Assists

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson supplied two assists in Friday's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Analysis: The 26-year-old has been quieter than usual this month with just four points in 12 games, but the Blackhawks' league-best attack has gotten by just fine without his offensive contributions. He's still managed to post a plus-6 rating in December to boost his season total to plus-15.

11/27/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Assists Twice In Win

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson recorded two assists in Wednesday's win over the Flames.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson won't post huge numbers, but the Blackhawks blueliners like to jump into the play on offense, and rack up points as a result. With two goals and 10 assists through 24 games, Hjalmarsson certainly holds some fantasy value, especially when you add in his plus-8 rating.

11/8/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Suffers Injury In Practice

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson left Friday's practice with an upper-body injury, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville indicated that Niklas Hjalmarsson will still travel with the Blackhawks to Dallas and should be good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Stars. The Blackhawks will reassess his injury situation Saturday morning before announcing his status for the game.

11/2/2013

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Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Scores First Goal Of Season

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson's first-period goal kicked off the scoring for the Blackhawks, who would add three more scores in the second period to create separation from the Jets. The defenseman has eight points in 14 games and is tied for the team lead with a plus-9 rating on the season.

10/18/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Notches Another Assist

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson notched his fifth assist of the season in the Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues on Thursday night.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson could be on the road to a career year. His best season was in the 2009-10 season where he registered two goals and 15 assists. He already has five assists in seven games, and that's with the Blackhawks offense has been tepid at best to start the 2013-14 season.

10/6/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Off To Hot Start

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson notched an assist in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson has three assists already on the season and could be on the way a career season. His best was 2009-10, when he totaled just two goals and 15 assists. While he has three assists already, he continues to give up the puck -- three times on Saturday.

10/1/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago's Hjalmarsson: Two Helpers In Opener

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson notched a pair of assists and went plus-4 in the season-opening win against Washington on Tuesday.
Analysis: On the down side, he also was charged with a game-high three giveaways while tallying no takeaways -- not a good ratio. With just 56 points in 306 career games entering this season, Niklas Hjalmarsson isn't known for his offensive prowess, so don't get too worked up over the nice start.

9/4/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hjalmarsson Inks Five-Year Deal With Hawks

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson signed a five-year extension with the Blackhawks on Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The deal is reportedly worth $4.1 million per year, and the Hawks now have most of their core players signed through the 2014-15 season. The main issue now is that both Kane and Toews are due big raises in the summer of 2015, as are Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy, although the latter two will both still be restricted free agents. It's probably too early to really worry about that at this point though, so for now just know that the Hawks basically look the same as last year at this point.

6/24/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Returns To Monday's Game

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to Monday's Game 6 against the Bruins, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: An unspecified injury sent Niklas Hjalmarsson to the locker room in the first period, but he was back to begin the second.

6/24/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Leaves Monday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson left Monday's Game 6 against the Bruins with an apparent injury, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: As Niklas Hjalmarsson left for the dressing room, he was hunched over in pain. It's uncertain whether he'll be able to return.

6/8/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Registers Pair Of Assists

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson collected a pair of assists in Game 4 as the Blackhawks defeated the Kings, 3-2, in the Western Conference final on Thursday.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up some of the slack with the omission of Duncan Keith in the lineup because of a one-game suspension. He also rebounded after an injury in Game 3 when he took a puck to his left knee late in the game.

4/27/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Sitting Saturday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson will not play in Saturday's game against the Blues, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson will get some extra rest, as the Blackhawks are locked into the No. 1 seed and have nothing left to play for.

4/26/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson To Sit Friday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson is not active Friday against the Flames, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: With the Blackhawks having already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Niklas Hjalmarsson will simply be receiving rest Friday night.

2/16/2013

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarsson Registers First Goal Of 2013

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson scored a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Sharks on Friday night.
Analysis: His goal against the Sharks was his first of the season and matched his lone goal of 2011-12 season. Niklas Hjalmarsson also has three assists on the season. With his goal and assist on Friday against the Sharks, he has his best numbers against a team with two goals and five assists. The Blackhawks are looking for Hjalmarsson to have a better season in 2013 than last season with his goal and 15 assists.

11/8/2012

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Headed To Italy During Lockout

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson has agreed to a deal with Italian club HC Bolzano during the lockout, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson will join the club Friday, becoming the sixth member of the Blackhawks to play overseas during the lockout. Hjalmarsson suited up in 69 games last season, registering 14 assists for the Blackhawks.

6/30/2012

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Blackhawks Could Cut Hjalmarsson

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson could be one of the players cut this summer as the Blackhawks look to make changes to get back to the Stanley Cup finals, ESPNChicago reports.
Analysis: The team was not happy with its defense last season - especially in the postseason - and Hjalmarrson's release might be one of the results of changes during the offseason. He was a little bit plagued with injuries during the 2011-12 season, but his point total of 15 (one goal and 14 assists) has been in line with what he has done in the past. The Blackhawks might be regretting matching a four-year, $14 million offer sheet in July 2010 that was offered by the Sharks to Niklas Hjalmarsson.

3/28/2012

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hjalmarsson On Sheet For Hawks

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson registered his first assist since returning from an upper-body injury, setting up Chicago's only goal in Tuesday's loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson has had his share of nagging injuries this season and his 13 points on the season are in line with what can be expected of him.

3/16/2012

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hjalmarsson Active For Chicago Friday

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) will play against the Rangers on Friday, Chicago Sun-Times writer Adam Jahns reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson has had a lot of trouble staying healthy lately, but he'll be there if you need him Friday.

3/15/2012

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, CHI

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hawks' Hjalmarrson's Status Still Not Known

News: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) traveled with the Blackhawks to Dallas for Friday's game, but it was not known if he was going to skate, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson left Tuesday's game against the Blues. He is basically a medical ward onto himself. He recently suffered a concussion, but this latest injury is not related to the concussion. Hjalmarrson also reportedly suffered a rib injury but it is unknown if that is what caused him to leave Tuesday's game.