Getting to Know: Joakim Nordstrom
Left shot forward provides bottom-six depthby Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - The Bruins signed forward Joakim Nordstrom to a two-year contract on Sunday worth an average annual value of $1 million.
"Once I spoke to [Bruins GM] Don Sweeney, it wasn't really too much to think about, the decision if I wanted to be with the Bruins or not," said Nordstrom. "I'm super excited about the future here, and I can't wait to get the season started, to be honest."
Last team: Carolina Hurricanes
Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 189 pounds
Birthday: Feb. 25, 1992 (26 years old)
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Drafted: 2010 | 3rd Round, 90th Overall (CHI)
Miscellaneous: The 26-year-old has played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes over five seasons in the NHL. Nordstrom suited up for 75 games last season, collecting two goals and five assists.
A native of Stockholm, Nordstrom played at least 71 games in each of the last three seasons for Carolina, notching a career-high 10 goals and 24 points in 2015-16.
Scouting Report: Nordstrom is a versatile bottom-six forward that can help fill the void left by Tim Schaller, who signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. The left shot could compete with fellow free-agent signee Chris Wagner for playing time on the B's fourth line, as well as on the penalty kill.
"I think my biggest asset as a player is my skating," said Nordstrom. "I know the Bruins want to play fast, so that is, obviously, something I can help with. Then, just on special teams, the last couple years, I played a lot of PK, so that's, obviously, something that I wanted to bring to the table, as well. I don't want to limit myself to just be a special-teams guy, so hopefully I can take my game to the next level here with the Bruins."