2008-09: Joakim Nordstrom appeared in four Super Elit games as a 16-year-old with Stockholm-based AIK's U20 team and played 42 games (including playoffs) with AIK at the U18 Elit and Allsvenskan levels. He scored 2 goals with 2 PMs in U20 play. Nordstrom scored 10 goals with18 assists and 34 PMs at the U18 level.
2009-10: Nordstrom played at three different levels within the AIK organization in Sweden. The pivot played in 2 regular season games in the J18 Allsvenskan with 1 goal, 1 assist. He added 1 goal, 2 assists in 3 playoff appearances with the J18 team. Nordstrom spent most of the season with the AIK J20 team, where he scored 6 goals, 9 assists for 15 points in 28 games. The forward also made his Elitserien debut, skating in 2 games with AIK with no points.
2010-11: Nordstrom again suited up at several different levels in Sweden. He scored 9 goals, 11 assists in 25 games with the AIK J20 team, earning another 11 SEL games with the big club with 1 assist. He also skated in 12 Allsvenskan games on loan with Almtuna with 1 assist. Suiting up for Sweden's U19 team, he also registered 1 goal, 6 assists in 11 international matches.
2011-12: Nordstrom skated in 47 games during the regular season for AIK in his first full season in Sweden's Elitserien and was the assistant captain for gold medal-winning Sweden at the 2012 World Junior championship. Playing a lower line role for AIK, he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was minus-10 with 4 penalty minutes. After finishing seventh during the season, AIK reached the playoff semifinals. Nordstrom skated in 10 of 12 playoff games for AIK and scored 1 goal with 2 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes. Nordstrom had the third-best plus/minus for Sweden (plus-six) at the WJC and scored 1 goal with 4 assists. Sweden defeated Russia in the championship game.
A two-way center with good skating ability, Nordstrom is a capable player at both ends of the ice. Offensively, he is more of a set-up man with good vision, hockey sense, and accurate passing ability. Though he possesses a decent frame at 6'1, his strength and physical play are still developing.
Signed to an entry-level contract by Chicago, Nordstrom could transition to the North American game in the AHL with Rockford for the 2012-13 season. Another year with AIK in the Swedish Elite League is also a possibility.