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Top 10 Blackhawks of the Past Decade (2009-10 to Present)

CHICAGO - JUNE 09: Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Patrick Kane #88 celebrate after Kane scored the winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup 4-3 in overtime, at Game Six of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 09: Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Patrick Kane #88 celebrate after Kane scored the winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup 4-3 in overtime, at Game Six of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the Stanley Cup following a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the Stanley Cup following a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) /

9. Niklas Hjalmarsson

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.

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