Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Brenden Morrow (10) tries to steal the puck from Chicago Blackhawks center Joakim Nordstrom (42) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Blackhawks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
We are seven games into the season, and with the Hawks record at 4-1-2 and the offense unable to score more than 2 goals a game in regulation it’s time to look at changes. Even after the game Thursday night Joel Quenneville said there will be changes.
The changes should be a little bigger than juggling lines. It’s time to end the Nordstrom Project. Joakim Nordstrom may have got a stay of execution when he scored his first NHL goal, but the last two games the play of #42 has not shown improvement.
For starters, it’s bad enough that every team in the league tees off on Marcus Kruger, but now they have Kruger and Nordstrom to blow up on a regular basis. If he’s not getting checked on the boards, he’s making weak plays or no plays at all along the boards. The biggest example of his poor play was on the game tying goal against the Carolina Hurricanes. Nordstrom had the opportunity to clear the zone and it didn’t happen and before you knew it the puck was in the back of the net.
The first time Nordstrom name was ever mentioned, it was brought up about how much good chemisty he had with Kruger on the penalty kill. Yes, he wasn’t on the ice tonight when Jay Bouwmeester shot it towards the net for a quick goal, but the penalty kill is not a strength for the Hawks so far this season. The Hawks are 6 for 26 down a man, which ranks them in the bottom 5 of the NHL.
Lastly, Ben Smith has played very well in his few starts and has deserved the playing time while two guys in Rockford Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin look more ready to grind it out on the 4th line and provide offense while all three can play on special teams.
4-1-2 and not playing on all cylinders isn’t something to panic about, but it’s time to end the Nordstrom Project and put the Blackhawks offense and system back on its tracks, and with Dave Bolland and the Toronto Maple Leafs coming to town Saturday it’s no better time than the present.
Nordstrom looks like a raw talent, but it’s time for the raw talent to season in Rockford.
What do you think? Do I exaggerate or do you agree that it’s time to end the Nordstrom project?
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