Nordstrom gaining attention
Joakim Nordstrom doesn't even have a regular stall in the Blackhawks' dressing room at Johnny's Ice House West, but he did have a regular spot on the fourth line at practice on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Nordstrom, whose versatility and chemistry with fellow Swede Marcus Kruger improves his chances of making the team, wasn't reading anything into his fourth line status.
"Everything is a new experience," said Nordstrom, who finished last season playing 11 games at Rockford after competing in the Swedish Elite League. "I hang out a lot with (Kruger) and he helps me out. He's easy to play with and supports me both on and off the ice. That makes it a lot easier."
Nordstrom enjoys playing a defensive role and killing penalties.
"That's a role I've been playing for two years back home," Nordstrom said. "So it's something that can fit me here."
Coach Joel Quenneville has been impressed with Nordstrom going back to the scrimmages at Notre Dame.
"I like his speed and I like his instincts on both sides of the puck," Quenneville said. "I thought he has done a good job penalty killing in the situations he's been in. He's really progressed from where he was a year ago. Where he's at today, it looks like he has made a big jump."
Here are the lines from Wednesday’s practice, keeping in mind Marian Hossa wasn’t out there. Hossa is expected on the ice Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he'll practice.
Bickell – Toews – Kane
Sharp – Handzus – Hayes
Saad – Shaw – Smith
Bollig – Kruger – Nordstrom
Pirri and Morin were the extras.