Hawks player reviews: Joakim Nordstrom
June, 25, 2014
By Scott Powers
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesJoakim Nordstrom should compete for more ice time in his second NHL season.
Joakim Nordstrom, Forward
2013-14 cap hit: $616,667 | Age: 22 | Season stats: 1 goal, 2 assists, minus-2
Season recap: Nordstrom making the team out of training camp was a surprise. He impressed Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville with his defensive play and consistency. He spent a bulk of the season in the AHL, but was called up again late in the season and even got some playoff ice time.
Season highlight: Nordstrom scored his first career NHL goal in a win over the New York Islanders on Oct. 11.
Season lowlight: Nordstrom was reassigned to the AHL in October and again in December.
Final grade: C+.
Inside the numbers: Nordstrom had a 50.4 Corsi percentage for the Blackhawks during the regular season, according to extraskater.com. He was on the ice for 144 shots for and 142 against in 5-on-5 situations.
Notes: Nordstrom had a nine-game points streak with the Rockford IceHogs from Dec. 20-Jan. 8. He had four goals and eight assists during that span.
Quotes: "I think this year has been good for me," Nordstrom said during the playoffs. "I've been playing a lot. I've been learning a lot. I got a chance to play up here and playing in Rockford has been great, too."
What's next: Nordstrom should be in the mix again with a few other prospects for ice time with the Blackhawks next season. He'll become a restricted free agent after next season.