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Joakim Nordström, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 160

Born: 1992-02-25

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Drafted 2010 by Chicago Blackhawks, 90th overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

November 2014 – Despite a promising finish to the 2013-14 season that saw Nordstrom appear in seven playoff games with the Blackhawks, he was one of the final cuts coming out of Blackhawks camp in September. On a positive note, he was subsequently named the captain of the IceHogs upon his return to the AHL. After putting up eight points in 14 games to start the season, he was called up to the big club on November 15th. With Chicago fairly deep up the middle ice time may be hard to come by but he will nonetheless be interesting to keep an eye on while in the NHL. Matt Donohue

 

June 2014 – After recording just one goal in eight games to begin his NHL career, the Blackhawks sent him down to Rockford in October for more seasoning. The move paid dividends as Nordstrom finished third on the team with 17 goals despite playing in only 58 games. This performance earned him a promotion to the big club in April, where he played in seven playoff games during the Blackhawks run to the Western Conference Final. Despite averaging just eight and a half minutes of ice time in those games, the experience gained should prove to be invaluable. With a number of prospects knocking on the door, Nordstrom should have the inside track for a roster spot in 2014-15 based on his performance this spring. Matt Donohue

 

October 2013- Nordstrom is a skilled two-way center who has spent the last three seasons with AIK of the Swedish Hockey League. He is embarking on his first full season in North America though he did see 11 games with the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Nordstrom possesses a good hockey IQ, vision, and versatility as he can play center or either wing. His ultimate offensive upside is still unknown, but he made the Blackhawks roster based on a very strong training camp. Nordstrom has taken over the role left open by the departure of Michael Frolik to begin the season. Rex Doty

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: D+

Nordstrom will open the season in Chicago centering the Blackhawks’ fourth line and killing penalties. In Chicago, he will need to unseat some very talented players to earn a top six role.

 

 

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