Hawks player reviews: Joakim Nordstrom

June, 25, 2014
Jun 25
Powers By Scott Powers
Joakim Nordstrom 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.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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