Fansided
History

The players the Blackhawks would like back from the 2015 Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger, Teuvo Teravainen (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger, Teuvo Teravainen (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
2 of 6
Chicago Blackhawks, Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson #4, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Niklas Hjalmarsson did it all for the Blackhawks. He killed penalties and blocked shots like a mad man. When I think of the Blackhawks defense from their three championships, I think of Hjalmarsson as the thankless wonder.

Hjalmarsson was essential to the defensive side of the Blackhawks. I know how everyone likes to talk about some of the big goals from the ‘Hawks championships, but the biggest difference-maker in my opinion was all of the shots Hjalmarsson blocked through the years.

Hjalmarsson blocked 127 shots in the regular season for the Blackhawks in 2015, and he played in all 82 games. During the playoffs, he averaged 26:02 minutes of ice time and had six points. Hjalmarsson should have retired a Blackhawk, and the fact he did not is a testimony of how thankless he was in Chicago.

I will already tell you right now, Hjalmarsson is the only defensemen on this list, and he is the number one defensemen I want back. I do not think his play has dropped the last few years, instead, I think all of those blocked shots and crazy amounts of ice time have finally caught up to him and his body is starting to be less durable. Even still, I want him back!

facebooktwitterreddit