Chicago Blackhawks Assign Joakim Nordstrom To AHL’s Rockford IceHogs

By Skylar Peters

With Kris Versteeg returning from the hand injury that had sidelined him since the beginning of the year, the Chicago Blackhawks had to make some room.

Joakim Nordstrom is the sacrifice.

The Blackhawks sent Nordstrom back down the road to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, on Wednesday morning, just after activating Versteeg from Long-Term Injured Reserve.

The move doesn’t come as a complete surprise, given that head coach Joel Quenneville has marked Wednesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks as the potential returning point for Versteeg for over a week. With Teuvo Teravainen‘s steady play since he was recalled to the NHL ranks the day after Versteeg suffered the hand injury in the Winter Classic, it seemed that Nordstrom would be the one to go.

Nordstrom had been with the Blackhawks since December 15th, in his second stint with the team this season. He has two assists in 24 games with the ‘Hawks, while carrying a -3 rating.

He will join a Rockford IceHogs team that is currently second in the AHL’s Midwest Division, and is holding on to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Nordstrom has played 17 games with the ‘Hogs so far this season, racking up 8 goals and 13 points with a +2 rating and 17 penalty minutes. The IceHogs have not made the playoffs in five seasons, and Nordstrom will certainly be an offensive boost for a team that has lost their last three games.

Nordstrom will likely be the first one the Blackhawks call for in case another forward goes down with injury, though it may be time for some of the young guns such as Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault to get some ice time in the NHL this season. You can expect to see Nordstrom back with the Blackhawks as a Black Ace during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, at the latest.

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