25-Year-Old Center – Carolina Hurricanes
Joakim Nordstrom Contract Information:
Nordstrom signed a two-year, $2.55 million extension in April of 2016, tying him to the club through the 2017-18 season.
Nordstrom skated a season-low 8:42 in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Coyotes, failing to crack the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive game.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After getting inconsistent looks in the Blackhawks' bottom-six forward group in 2013-14 and 2014-15, it seems that Nordstrom has finally found a home in Carolina. The 24-year-old came into last season with just one goal and six points in his 54-game NHL career, but finished the season with 10 goals and 24 points in 71 games while playing primarily on the Canes’ second line with Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil. Looking ahead, don't expect Nordstrom to become a 30-goal scorer, but he has the potential to grab around 20 goals per season as his career progresses. Nordstrom was scheduled to undergo offseason wrist surgery this summer, but barring any complications, he should be back in a similar role with the 'Canes once the 2016-17 season begins.
The 22-year-old Swede showed enough promise last season to skate in 16 regular season games and lace them up in the playoffs during the series against the Wild. He has a shot this year at a fourth-line gig, but the Hawks will probably want him to spend more time in the AHL. He could get called up later in the season, but wait for him to show his mettle before you consider him waiver worthy.
Nordstrom, a third-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, spent most of his last four years in Sweden playing with AIK of the Swedish Elite League. He signed an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in May 2012 and impressed the Chicago bosses enough to make the 2013-14 opening day roster.