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Niklas Hjalmarsson
NiklasHjalmarssonHawks
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Chicago Blackhawks
HV 71 (SEL)
Nationality SWE
Born June 6 1987 (1987-06-06) (age 29),
Eksjö, SWE
NHL Draft 108th overall, 2005
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 2004 – present


Niklas Hjalmarsson (born June 6, 1987) is a Swedish ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Hjalmarsson was drafted 108th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He played professionally for 3 years in the Elitserien with HV71.

In the 2007–08 season, his first in North America, Hjalmarsson made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks. After spending the majority of the season with the Rockford IceHogs, he procured a regular spot on the roster with James Wisniewski's trade to the Anaheim Ducks.

He scored his first NHL goal against Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings.

Hjalmarsson became a major installment into the Blackhawks lineup late in the 2008-2009 season and coming into the 2009-2010 season. He played 77 games in the regular season and all 22 in the playoffs for the team, tallying over 19 minutes per game, switching between a position in the second and third lines of defensive pairings. Over that time, he recorded a production value (PROD) of a point roughly every 45 minutes of it, while his season PROD was 89 minutes. A slapshot of Hjalmarsson's was redirected by Andrew Ladd to take a 3-2 lead in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals where his team won in 4-3 in overtime.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

On July 9, 2010 Hjalmarsson signed an offer sheet with the San Jose Sharks for 4 years and $14 million.[1] On July 12 the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they would match the offer sheet. Hjalmarsson was the first defenseman in 13 years to receive an offer sheet as a restricted free agent.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 HV71 SEL 14 0 0 0 0
2005–06 HV71 SEL 4 1 2 3 0 12 0 1 1 4
2006–07 IK Oskarshamn Swe-1 8 1 2 3 6
2006–07 HV71 SEL 37 2 0 2 24
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 47 4 9 13 31 12 0 4 4 8
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 0 1 1 13
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 52 2 16 18 53
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 1 2 3 0 17 0 1 1 6
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 2 15 17 20 22 1 7 8 6
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 3 7 10 39 7 0 2 2 2
AHL totals 99 6 25 31 84 12 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 191 6 25 31 72 46 1 10 11 14
SEL totals 55 3 2 5 24 12 0 1 1 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sharks sign free agent D Hjalmarsson to offer sheet. TSN (9 July 2010). Retrieved on 9 July 2010.


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