Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
31-Year-Old D
2017–18 NHL Stats
2018–19 NHL Projections
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8
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PIM
18
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2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Hjalmarsson's first season in Arizona did not go as planned. While he's healthy now, the fearless blueliner missed 34 games due to an upper-body injury and ultimately a lower-body concern that affected his core. Hjalmarsson's primary source of fantasy utility comes in the f... read more
Hjalmarsson's first season in Arizona did not go as planned. While he's healthy now, the fearless blueliner missed 34 games due to an upper-body injury and ultimately a lower-body concern that affected his core. Hjalmarsson's primary source of fantasy utility comes in the form of blocked shots, with the former Blackhawk amassing 450 of those over the past three years. Most of the offense from the Coyotes blue line is routed through the likes of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Alex Goligoski rather than Hjalmarsson, who takes the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone to the delight of the Coyotes goalies.
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6'3"   WT: 197 lbs.   DOB: 6/6/1987   Drafted: 4th Rd, #108 Overall in 2005Show Contract
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Niklas Hjalmarsson Contract Info:
Signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Coyotes in June of 2018.
Ready to rock
DArizona Coyotes
September 18, 2018
Hjalmarsson (lower body) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Kings, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
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Niklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Defenseman
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2017–18 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:42
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:14
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:28
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2015–16
22:23
0:09
2:52
2016–17
21:30
0:06
2:48
2017–18
20:42
0:14
2:28
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  1. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2018–19 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
    Hjalmarsson is a fantastic stay-at-home defender, but his lack of offensive production keeps him from being a viable option in most fantasy formats. The 30-year-old rearguard has yet to top 30 points in a single season since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, and he only managed 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 73 games with the Blackhawks last season. Hjalmarsson was traded to the Coyotes in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in June, and although he’s expected to skate alongside Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the Coyotes’ top pairing this season, the change of scenery is unlikely to make Hjalmarsson fantasy relevant at this stage of his career. The 6-foot-3 blueliner did register an impressive 181 blocked shots last campaign, good for sixth in the NHL, but his unwavering commitment to sacrificing his body lessens his appeal.
  3. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    Hjalmarsson isn't known for his offensive contributions, and rightfully so. The 29-year-old defender has yet to top 30 points in a single campaign since he entered the league in 2007-08. He is, however, widely considered to be one of the NHL's most underrated defenders. Hjalmarsson does excellent work in the defensive zone, and has an unwavering commitment to blocking shots. The left-handed defenseman is also talented enough to log a ton of tough minutes against his opponents' best players, and is a key member of the 'Hawks top penalty-killing unit. The 6-foot-3 Swede won't be worth a roster spot in all formats, but can be expected to deliver around 20 points for owners rounding out their defensive depth in deeper leagues.
  4. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    Hjalmarsson might be considered the third defenseman on the Hawks, but that's not too shabby considering the two ahead of him are Duncan Keith (Norris Trophy winner) and Brent Seabrook. Some might even have him ahead of Seabrook. The 27-year-old blueliner had a career high in assists (22) and points (26) in 2013-14, and ranked in the top 20 in blocked shots with 157. There's value in that combination and even more if he continues to track up to the 30-point mark.
  5. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    Hjalmarsson's numbers last season -- points, hits and blocked shots -- were consistent with his last few years. He's an absolutely punishing defender and plays in every important defensive situation. And while he has untapped offensive ability, he is most valuable in his own zone. He's an asset in specialty formats, but is unlikely to help you in standard leagues.
  6. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2012–13 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2011–12 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2010–11 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2009–10 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Niklas Hjalmarsson 2008–09 Preseason Outlook
    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.
Niklas Hjalmarsson News Updates
Pens two-year contract extension
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
June 30, 2018
Hjalmarsson (lower body) signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Coyotes on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Should be healthy for start of 2018-19
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
April 9, 2018
Hjalmarsson (core) is expected to be ready for the start of next season's training camp, Craig Morgan of NHL.com reports.
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Out for balance of season
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
March 26, 2018
Hjalmarsson (lower body) will miss the rest of the season.
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Returns to Arizona, considered day-to-day
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
March 24, 2018
Hjalmarsson (lower body) returned to Arizona on Friday for additional evaluation and is considered day-to-day moving forward, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
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