Niklas Hjalmarsson Appreciation Thread
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02-26-2013, 02:03 AM
Join Date: May 2011
19 games, 49 blocks, 16 goals for, 12 goals against(4 PP), +8, 21:05 TOI/g, 3:12 SH TOI/g
77 games, 199 blocks, 65 goals for, 49 goals against(16 PP), +33, 21:05 TOI/g, 3:12 SH TOI/g, 1620.85 TOTAL TOI/g, 240:24 TOTAL SH TOI/g
77 games, 137 blocks, 51 goals for, 58 goals against(16 PP), +9, 19:39 TOI/g, 2:09 SH TOI/g, 1493:03 TOTAL TOI/g, 160:93 TOTAL SH TOI/g
So on pace for 60 more blocked shots over a season, on ice for 14 more goals scored for, on ice for 9 less goals against despite 120+ minutes more of ice time and 80+ minutes more of PK time.
Certainly, he has not improved. Granted the Hawks are playing amazing right now, but a lot of that is because Hjalmarsson who has IMO hit a new high defensively. Smarter decisions with the puck, better positioning, and just much more intelligent out there. I remember he was great defensively in the Cup year but he was so frustrating with his only move in the defensive zone to just blindly throw it around the boards...many times being turned over and held in the zone. This year if he can get it out by throwing down the boards, he will..otherwise he looks for a better pass out of the zone. Not to mention he is literally blocking everything in site and is a huge reason why our PK has been incredible. He is worth more than 3.5 mil this year easily and that is all that matters even if his offensive game hasn't reached its (hopeful) peak quite yet.
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