Joakim Nordstrom
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Joakim Nordstrom


Stockholm Sweden

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3rd round (90th overall), 2010


160 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


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.

2013-14: Nordstrom made the Blackhawks out of training camp and played in nine games before being re-assigned to Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford — and shuttled between the two teams during the season. He re-joined Chicago late in the year and appeared in seven playoff games. Nordstrom scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-2 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 11:41 minutes of ice time, in 16 regular season games for the Hawks. He was scoreless and minus-4 with no penalties in the playoffs. In 52 games for Rockford he scored 17 goals with 16 assists and was plus-9 with 21 penalty minutes. The IceHogs missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2014-15: Nordstrom appeared in 38 regular season games and three playoff contests for Stanley Cup champion Chicago in his third season in North America — shuttling between the Blackhawks and AHL affiliate Rockford. He had 3 assists and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 11 minutes of ice time with the Hawks during the regular season. He was -3 with no points nor penalty minutes, averaging 13 minutes of ice time during the playoffs. Nordstrom scored 9 goals with 7 assists and was -1 with 19 penalty minutes in 23 AHL games for the IceHogs. Five of his nine goals were scored on the power play.

Talent Analysis

Nordstrom is a two-way center with good skating ability. He 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, his strength and physical play are still developing.


Nordstrom was acquired by Carolina in September 2015 in the multiplayer trade that brought Kris Versteeg to Raleigh. Now in his third pro season in North America, he appeared in 41 games — including three playoff games — during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup season a year ago and will look to secure a lower line roster spot with the Hurricanes. While his offensive game will never compare to some of the other top young prospects out of Sweden, his size and two-way play make him valuable in a lower line role.

2010 NHL Draft Review: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 draft class yielded mixed results

by Anthony Lyen
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring capping off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring to cap off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.

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