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.
2012-13: Loaned to AIK in Sweden after signing a three-year entry-level contract with Chicago in May 2012, Nordstrom made his North American debut with Chicago’s AHL affiliate Rockford in March following the Swedish Elitserien season. He was +2 with 3 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 11 games for the IceHogs. Rockford finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot. In Sweden, Nordstrom played in 43 of 55 games in his second season with AIK. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -12 with 29 penalty minutes. AIK missed the playoffs – finishing ninth in the 12-team league.
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.
Nordstrom is expected to transition full-time to North America in 2013-14. He is likely slated for a bottom-six role in Rockford considering the number of top center prospects who will also be with the IceHogs next season. Nordstrom does not have much experience skating in significant minutes at the pro level, so time in the ECHL might benefit his development if he struggles to latch on in the AHL.