The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.
Lindstrom, 27, spent this past season with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League, where he led the league in scoring with 60 points (28g/32a) in 54 games. The Skelleftea, Sweden native led his team in points and penalty minutes (134) and ranked second in both goals and assists en route to being named to the 2011 Elitserien All-Star Team. Lindstrom went on to collect 11 points (4g/7a) in 18 playoff games.
“We are pleased to have Joakim under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “With his combined experience in the NHL and Swedish Elite League, he will provide depth to our roster.”
Selected by Columbus in the second round (41st overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft, Lindstrom has appeared in 81 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes. He has tallied 13 goals and 15 assists during parts of four seasons in the NHL. Lindstrom made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2005-06 (three games) and went on to play nine games with Columbus in 2006-07 and 25 in 2007-08. He appeared in a career-high 44 games with the Coyotes in 2008-09, recording 20 points (9g/11a).
Lindstrom represented his country at the 2001 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship.