Jonas Nordqvist

Hometown:

Leksand Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1982-04-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2000

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Chicago's 2nd round pick, 49th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

Spent the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons with Leksands IF, and 2003-04 and 2004-05 with Lulea, both in the SEL.

Nordqvist has spent most of the 2004-05 season centering the second line for Lulea with wingers Justin Williams and Per Ledin.

Talent Analysis
Two-way center, an outstanding playmaker with very soft hands, feathery passes, tremendous vision and creativity. Uses world class passing skill on power play and in penalty-killing. Hangs on to puck that extra second and makes the play to his breaking wingers. Great faceoff man, who, when back in his zone, he is defensively responsible, takes the hit to make the play, seldom gives the puck away. Understands every aspect of the game and has that great vision of great centremen to see the entire ice, always finding the open man at the last second. Knows where to be every second he is out there. His overall skill, creativity, desire, and hustle minimizes the skating questions that exist at this point.

He may never have top end speed or a quick first step but he is has many other abilities that make up for his average stride. Nordqvist has unselfishness, bravado, and creativity with the puck.

Future
For now he looks like a very respectable third line center at the NHL level. He might even get a chance to play the wing on the second line some day.

His development is enhanced by the fact that he continues to play all roles at various different junctures, from checking center to second line center.

Signed to a one-year contract by the Blackhawks in 2006.

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