|Date of Birth||6/6/1987|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 197 lbs|
|Drafted||2005 - Rd 4|
Hjalmarsson has a cracked fibula and will miss around three months, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Hjalmarsson left Saturday's loss to the Avalanche early after blocking Erik Johnson's slap shot, and after additional testing, the injury is severe. This is a major loss for the Coyotes' blue line, as Hjalmarsson is a top lockdown defenseman. He'll aim for a January return, although the timeline is just an approximation. Expect the Coyotes to call up another blueliner from AHL Tucson for now and place Hjalmarsson on injured reserve, although they may have to trade for a long-term solution.
Hjalmarsson (lower body) was injured blocking a shot in the first period and will not return to Saturday's game versus the Avalanche, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
Hjalmarsson was unable to finish the first period, and it was reported he would not return in the second period. The Swedish defender is a shot-blocking machine -- he had 187 in 82 games last season. Ultimately, this injury is a bigger loss on the ice than in fantasy. If Hjalmarsson misses any additional games, Ilya Lyubushkin would likely come into the lineup.
Hjalmarsson scored a goal on two shots and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
The veteran defenseman is not a noted scorer, but his first goal of the season produced the final score. Hjalmarsson had 10 points (all assists) in 82 games last season, while blocking a career-high 187 shots. The Swede should continue to be valuable on the ice, but it's not likely to translate well in the fantasy game.