Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
3 days ago

Hjalmarsson has started 59.4 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone through five games this season.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran's deployment isn't surprising, but it reaffirms that Hjalmarsson's fantasy upside is extremely limited. He projects to continue matching up against the opposition's best players while also playing a significant role when the Coyotes are shorthanded. Hjalmarsson can be left on the waiver wire in the majority of settings.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
4 months ago

The Blackhawks traded Hjalmarsson to the Coyotes in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Chicago's lack of youth was evident when the team was swept by Nashville in the first round of last season's playoffs. The Blackhawks are clearly making injecting youth into their lineup a priority this offseason, and that desire is undoubtedly the driving force behind this trade, as the team is moving the 30-year-old Hjalmarsson in exchange for the 24-year-old Murphy and 22-year-old Dauphin. Hjalmarsson is one of the most underrated blueliners in the league, but his skills as a shut-down defenseman don't necessarily translate into fantasy value. The left-handed Swede will likely skate alongside Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Arizona's top pairing in 2017-18, but he's only tallied 143 points (23 goals, 120 assists) in 623 career NHL games, so he'll continue to be far more valuable to his real-life team as a penalty-killing specialist and shot-blocking monster than fantasy owners next season.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
6 months ago

Hjalmarsson turned down an invitation to suit up for Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given that Hjalmarsson missed the final three games of the regular season following the birth of a child, it shouldn't be too surprising he declined to play at Worlds. The blueliner was absent from the scoresheet during Chicago's opening-round series -- as he failed to register a point and launched just one shot on goal -- but was by no means the only Blackhawks player to come up short against the Preds.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
6 months ago

Hjalmarsson (personal) is back with the team following the birth of his child, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Hjalmarsson will be ready and available for Game 1 against the Predators after sitting out the final three games of the season. The blueliner figures to slot back into the Hawks' second pairing alongside Brian Campbell and should continue seeing around 21 minutes of ice time per contest -- consistent with his season average.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
7 months ago

Hjalmarsson (personal) isn't travelling with the Blackhawks for the team's current three-game road trip, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hjalmarsson remained in Chicago to be with his wife for the birth of their child, which means he could realistically miss the final three games of the regular season. Either way, the Swedish blueliner will be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs. With Hjalmarsson unavailable, Michal Rozsival or Michal Kempny will likely draw into the lineup for Tuesday's game against Colorado.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
7 months ago

Hjalmarsson will get the night off Friday when the Blackhawks take on the Red Wings, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Joel Quenneville noted that he wanted to give Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya the night off in order to ease them back into action. The pair will almost certainly be available for Sunday's game against the Wild, but in the meantime, Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival figure to draw into the lineup Friday.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
7 months ago

Hjalmarsson (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.

EDGE Analysis

The shot-blocking extraordinaire will be ready for Thursday's home tilt with the Ducks, bolstering the blue line in conjunction with Johnny Oduya being welcomed back following last Tuesday's trade from the Stars. With 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and a plus-12 rating to complement 156 blocked shots in 60 games, Hjalmarsson will be worth plugging back into starting lineups, namely those that use roto/categorical scoring.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
7 months ago

Hjalmarsson (upper body) is hoping to be ready for Thursday's clash with Anaheim, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hjalmarsson has been sidelined for the Hawks' last four outings with this ailment. Prior to getting hurt, the blueliner was averaging 21:41 of ice time per game -- third highest on the team. Despite logging big minutes, the 29-year-old has had minimal fantasy numbers -- five goals and nine helpers -- and remains a mid-range fantasy option at best. If he is cleared in time, Hjalmarsson will need to be activated off injured reserve with Michal Rozsival the leading candidate to be heading down to the minors.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
8 months ago

Hjalmarsson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve by the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The stay-at-home defenseman is a tremendous source of blocked shots and plus-minus rating when he is healthy. He will be sidelined for at least the next three games. Keep him reserved until he is able to officially return and prove his health in one full game without any setbacks. He has been very durable over his career, so if he is missing time he must really be ailing.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
D ARI
8 months ago

Hjalmarsson (upper body) has been ruled out of the Blackhawks' next three games.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful Hjalmarsson will be ready to return to action next week, which would put the Swedish defender on track to suit up March 9 against the Ducks. Hjalmarsson is a fantastic stay-at-home defenseman for Chicago, but his limited offensive production -- 14 points in 60 games this season -- keeps him from being a desirable option in fantasy formats that don't heavily reward blocked shots. The Blackhawks will likely place Hjalmarsson on injured reserve to gain additional roster flexibility during his absence.