26-Year-Old Defenseman – Chicago Blackhawks
Niklas Hjalmarsson Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $20.5 million extension with the Blackhawks in September of 2013. The extension will not take effect until the 2014-15 season, since Hjalmarsson still has one year remaining on his previous contract.
Hjalmarsson recorded two assists in Wednesday’s win over the Flames.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 5||at MIN||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||3||18:57||0:00|
|Nov 30||at PHO||1||0||1||1||4||0||0||0||2||50.0||1||3||18:40||0:23|
|Nov 29||at DAL||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||24:23||0:05|
|Nov 27||at CGY||0||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||2||22:48||0:08|
|Nov 25||at EDM||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||19:31||0:22|
|Nov 23||at VAN||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||2||23:11||0:00|
|Nov 21||at WPG||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||2||22:49||0:00|
|Nov 19||at COL||0||0||0||-2||2||0||0||0||3||0.0||0||2||18:56||0:08|
|Nov 16||at NSH||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||0||17:04||0:00|
|Nov 9||at DAL||1||0||1||-1||2||0||0||1||3||33.3||1||3||24:32||0:00|
|Nov 2||at WPG||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||0||0||19:00||0:02|
|Oct 28||at MIN||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||4||21:15||0:00|
|Oct 24||at TB||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||2||22:56||0:47|
|Oct 22||at FLA||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||0||1||22:33||0:00|
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|Oct 15||at CAR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||7||26:00||0:15|
|Oct 9||at STL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||3||24:21||0:00|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hjalmarsson was one of the top names that were supposed to be shipped out by the Blackhawks, but he was still on the roster when the summer ended. He is a shot-blocking specialist and was second on the team in that category with 142, behind only the great Brent Seabrook. He'll be a steady 15-18 point producer; don't draft for any more.
Hjalmarsson was a controversial figure during the 2010-11 offseason for the Blackhawks as the team needed to match the San Jose Sharks offer for him. The result is that the team was placed at the limit of the salary cap. Hjalmarsson saw a dip in scoring with just three goals and seven assists. However, he increased his blocked shots to 166 from 137 the year before. More is sure to be expected from him for 2011-12.
Hjalmarsson is an outstanding defender who is emerging as a top-notch, shot-blocking, shutdown specialist. But the 23-year-old boasts some impressive offensive skills that are unfortunately underutilized on an extremely deep Hawks blue line. He's a Dan Hamhuis clone, just a few years younger. Expect 20-25 points this season with slow growth dependent on his role. Just beware he may become so valuable killing penalties and shutting down the opposition's best forwards that he may never fully develop his offensive game.
The 22-year-old defenseman could be a major plus come the 2009-10 season. He was injured in the first Hawks game last season and then relegated to Rockford. Hjalmarsson was brought up near the end of the season and would play 21 games for the entire season while registering a goal and two assists along with a plus-4 rating. He also played several minutes on the ice in a couple of games in the Detroit series in the playoffs.
Hjalmarsson played in 13 games with the Hawks last season. He'll compete with Jordan Hendry, Cam Barker, and Matt Walker for the third defensive pairing. He shouldn't have lots of value in a standard league but could accrue decent assist numbers for teams in deep leagues.