Niklas Hjalmarsson was a key member to the Stanley Cup Winning Blackhawks’ teams. Hjalmarsson was a major part of the team core from 2010.
The 3-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman was always reliable when it came to blocking shots and averaged 20:27 minutes of ice time while in a Blackhawks’ uniform.
Hjalmarsson, 32, was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005 and was another one of the guys that worked his way up from the minors to become a star player. He was a top-4 defenseman for the team and played with no fear.
When it came to playoff time, he would step up and Coach Q would not hesitate to give him the nod and play those extra minutes in key situations.
Hjalmarsson is a tough player, great on his feet, and knew how to step up his game when it mattered the most.
He was never a huge point-getter. However, in every season he played in during this decade, he never had a negative plus/minus.
Niklas Hjalmarsson is a guy that deserves to be on this list, but shouldn’t be ranked any higher than 9th.