Blackhawks Sign Nordstrom

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According to NHLwiki on Twitter, the Blackhawks signed yet another youngster to a three year entry level contract. This time, it was Swedish prospect Joakim Nordstrom.

The Stockholm, Sweden native didn’t put up big numbers with his AIK team of the Swedish Elite League. In 47 games, he only tallied three goals and three points, but two of those three goals were game winners. He had four penalty minutes but was -10 in terms of +/- rating. In the post season with AIK, Nordstrom played in ten games and put up three points (G, 2A). His lone goal was a short-handed marker. He had a low number of penalty minutes in the playoffs, too, (2) and was even in +/-.

The Hawks drafted the 6-foot-1, 160 pound center in the third round (90th overall) in the 2010 draft. If the Hawks hadn’t signed Nordstrom this summer, his rights would have been relinquished.

Nordstrom is another addition to the number of centers Chicago currently has signed throughout the organization. Marcus Kruger, Jamal Mayers, Peter LeBlanc, and Brandon Pirri are all signed through 2012-13. Dave Bolland, Terry Broadhurst, Byron Froese, and David Gilbert are signed through 2013-14 and Jonathan Toews, Phillip Danault, Rob Flick, and Mark McNeill have contracts that go beyond 2014.

Now the question is:  where does Nordstrom fit in?

The probable answer is Rockford, but competition for a center position there is going to be just as tough as cracking the big club roster, and that doesn’t even include if any AHL contracts come into play. If space runs out there, does he get sent to Toledo? Does he get loaned back to his Swedish team? Training camp becomes more and more interesting with every summer signing.

UPDATE

According to this Swedish article, Nordstrom will be loaned to AIK next season, so that solves the mystery of where he fits in. Here’s the Google translation of the article:

Junior World Championship gold medalist Joakim Nordström, 20, wrote in the evening on a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

But AIK can enjoy his talent another season.

– Yes, the idea is that he lent to AIK next season, says agent Erik Ryman to Sportbladet.

Center Joakim Nordström had the chance to AIK’s A-team as early as last season, but took this past season a big step and established himself in the top division.

On Monday evening, he wrote in a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, worth about six million per season. But the next season he was loaned out to AIK.
Many Swedes on the team

– Same deal as Patrik Nemeth had last year. We see enough to Jocke needs to be home for another year. And so he wants to remain in the top division for a while and work slowly but surely. He can pull over to the NHL as soon as AIK’s season is over, says agent Erik Ryman.

The Blackhawks played previously Swedes Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Krüger and Viktor Stalberg.

In addition…

The same website is reporting that defenseman Klas Dahlbeck also signed a three year entry level contract. Here’s the translation:

Linköping has already seen Klas Dahlbeck, 20, who lost.

According to Sportbladet wrote back talent in the evening on a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Defensive hill Klas Dahlbeck – which poked out of the World Cup squad just a week before the tournament – announced after this past season that he was ready to leave Linköping to take a chance in North America. The goal is the NHL club Chicago, but he is no stranger to playing in the Farm Team Rockford in the AHL.

– My dream is the NHL. Do I have a daily focus on what I should do, so hopefully the NHL one day, Dahlbeck said to Sportbladet earlier.
Many Swedes on the team

Now realized Dahlbeck dream. According to Sportbladet has Dahlbeck signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

AIK’s Joakim Nordström has also written on the Blackhawks. But unlike Nordstrom – who lent to AIK – is Dahlbeck prepared to take a chance in North America next season.

The Blackhawks played previously Swedes Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Krüger and Viktor Stalberg.

Aren’t Google translations the best?

Dahlbeck was drafted in the third round (79th overall) in 2011. In 55 games with Linkoping of the SEL, the 6-foot-2, 194 pound blueliner recorded two goals, two assists, a +3 +/- rating and 20 penalty minutes.

A special thanks goes out to @MarquisdeSaad and @the300level  for the links to the Swedish articles.

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