In 2000-01, Joakim Lindstrom was expected to play only with MoDo J-20. But when the elite league team were short of players at the end of the regular season he was called up and he played remarkably scoring 2 goals and 3 assists in 10 games. He received a lot of attention in the press and everyone was talking about Lindström being the next big star to come out of MoDo.
He put up a good show at the WJC-18 scoring 7 points in 6 games. Lindström was among the better players on the team and a lot of scouts became aware of his talent.
In 2001-02, Lindström was now more or less a regular with MoDo’s SEL team though he played a couple of games in the junior league as well. He was among the early favorites for the rookie of the year award, after his strong finish in the 2000-01 season.
Lindström did however not put up the amount of points people were expecting him to do (7 points in 42 games). While Lindström’s regular season was less impressive, his playoffs performance was excellent. His strong performance did not go unnoticed, as Lindstrom was chosen in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In 2002-03 he played (before he was injured) on MoDo’s third line.
The 2004-05 locked out season saw Swedish forward Lindstrom fail to receive clearance to join the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. That didn’t necessarily stop the forward, though.
Lindstrom spent the 2004-05 season skating with both MoDo and the Syracuse Crunch. Starting the season with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League, the native of Skelleftea, Sweden skated in 37 games, recording 5 points and 24 minutes in penalties. At the conclusion of MoDo’s season, and after failing to gain clearance from the Swedish hockey federation, Lindstrom went ahead and joined the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the American Hockey League schedule. Dressing for 13 games for the Crunch, Lindstrom recorded eight points, including four goals.
Lindstrom was suspended for 26 games by the Swedish hockey federation based on his decision to leave MoDo to skate in Syracuse.
Lindström has great offensive skills. He doesn’t mind playing physical, he has a nose of the net and can deliver fine passes as well. Lindström has also good on-ice vision and hockey sense.
But like all young players he can and should improve everything. He is a pretty strong player and should use his body to a greater extent. Lindström must also play more determined. He seems a bit stressed at times and should choose the easiest way to deliver the puck.
Lindstrom was dealt by the St. Louis Blues along with a draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Korbinian Holzer.