2006-07: Niklas Hjalmarsson he brings a punishing brand of physical hockey to the table, complemented by a sound two-way game from the point. He picked up two goals in 37 games with HV71 this season. He was also a participant for Team Sweden in the WJCs, where, oddly enough, he trumped his Elite League point totals, notching the same two goals, coupled with an assist.
2007-08: Fresh off his trip from Sweden, Hjalmarsson finally put his quality two-way game on display in North America. Not only did Hjalmarsson utilize his generous frame to punish opponents in the defensive end, but he also ranked fourth among Rockford defensemen in scoring during the regular season. Hjalmarsson carried this confidence into the playoffs, as he proceeded to play in all 12 of the IceHogs’ post-season games. He recorded four points, which was tied for first among defensemen. Hjalmarsson also saw limited action in Chicago.
Hjalmarsson is the offensively gifted defensemen who likes to join the rush and shoot the puck. He also controls the physical aspect of the game and does not hesitate to play the body when given the opportunity. At times Hjalmarsson overworks the puck and gets lost in his defensive coverage.
Given his shooting and skating abilities, Hjalmarsson possesses the necessary skills to be a successful offensive defenseman.