Dec 10, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Summer Assignment 2014: Niklas Hjalmarsson

Niklas Hjlamarsson Regular Season

Games-81

Goals-4

Assists-22

Points-26

+/- +11

Corsi % 53.3

Blocked Shots- 157

Hits-39

Hjalmarsson Post Season

Goals-0

Assists-4

Points- 4

+/- -3

Corsi %-46.7

Blocked Shots-57

Hits-9

Contract Status- Hjalmarsson is signed through 2019 with a cap hit of $4,100,000 a season.

Season Review- The stat line cannot say enough of the job that Hjalmarsson does on a nightly basis blocking shots taking the hardest assignments with his partner Johnny Oduya and always doing the dirty work.  Hjalmarsson isn’t the Blackhawks defensive headliner that goes of course to Duncan Keith but Hjalmarsson quietly goes about his business.

The scary part is that if Bowman wanted to, he could be a San Jose Shark and Antti Niemi would still be in net but history wasn’t written that way and Hjlamarsson has been a rock and turned some questionable play in 2011 to one of the most consistent defenseman in the NHL. It’s really amazing how many shots in critcal points of the game that Hjalmarsson blocks game in and game out.

The duo of Hjalmarsson and Oduya was a little shaky in the LA Kings series but you have to expect him to shake it off and be ready to roll in 2014-2015!

Grade- B+ Hjalmarrson had a very good season that ended a bit sour but overall a solid effort against the best the NHL has to give on a nightly basis.

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