Joakim Nordstrom Assigned to Rockford

On Sunday morning the Blackhawks sent rookie forward Joakim Nordstrom to Rockford. Ben Smith will likely see more ice time moving forward; there was not a corresponding call-up immediately announced.

21 thoughts on “Joakim Nordstrom Assigned to Rockford

  1. You did JS, and I think you nailed it as well…he’s a good player that’s going to be here for a long time IMO, but he needs a little more grit to his game and 10 more pounds…this is a good move for the Hawks, as Pirri, Smith and Morin need ice time/more ice time to fully develop now…

  2. I liked what I saw from Nordstrom – good instincts, good quickness, competes, plays 200 feet. Time in Rockford certainly won’t hurt him, and he’s only a phone call away from providing the Hawks with a responsible player that can step in and do the job. So that chapter is over for Nordstrom, but I suspect there will be future chapters for him with the Hawks. It will be interesting to see how he’s used in Rockford – as a center or wing. With Pirri up with the Hawks, there’s probably an opening at center if that’s the posistion the Hawks want him to play.

    Nice job Nordie – see ya down the road.

  3. ER- my thoughts exactly… will Hogs play him as C or W… 42’s biggest weakness was as a Wing on D side trying to collect/and exit the zone… then again if he was a C most of his career- I can see how this would be a weakness.

    Hogs look to be off to good start… which is only another feather in SB’s cap… his prospects/players are the team now.

    Jrs.- Hayes and Calnan are looking good. Hayden scored 2 goals in Yale’s pre-seas game. Fournier and Brown are scoring at will… Brown is on pace for like 90 points- not bad for a D man ( but it is the WHL!!! where Beach scored 50+, once upon a time)

  4. Not that I think Bollig has been bad (and I’ve been extremely supportive of his play when he isn’t trying to punch people in the face), but I wouldn’t mind seeing what a line of Morin/Pirri/Smith could do.

  5. Tab, I think that’s exactly what the Hawks are going to do…JS I absolutely know that Morin should be with the Hawks, but I think keeping just Smith here right now, means that he will get a 4/5 game stretch to fit in and produce…which will be the best thing for Ben. Thus far, the Hawks have had too many players in the kitchen, and I think it has spoiled the food a little. The same should be done with the defence…Kostka has played well, and deserves a shot with Leddy and Rozy…there is no room for Brookbank, at all.

  6. I agree that there are too many players in the kitchen. I hope Pirri gets another 3-4 games in a row and also hope Smith gets the same. Sooner or later Morin will get his chance as well. In Morin’s case I think you will see Bolig sent down. Like JS said, he has not played badly but his time on ice has declined the last 4 games and skated only 6.5 and 5.5 in the last 2 games.

    I hope to see the 3d D pairing take shape sooner rather than later. Brookbank is expendable. He could return a draft choice or serviceable rookie.

    Hawks have a couple of game this week where they can afford a little more experimentation. BUT they have to play their game and not play down to the competition.

  7. Brookbank probably isn’t worth much more than a 5th rounder. (Granted SB found Shaw, Kruger, and Ross in the 5th, so i’ll take a 5th lol.)

  8. I don’t know……..Brookbank is a 8/9 D man for the Hawks, but there are a few teams that with an injury he could fill a 6th spot pretty easily. He is just not gonna get lower than 8th for the Hawks. Too many guys younger and just as good. I was thinking a 3d rounder or a 3.5 out of 5 star prospect.

  9. The value is also what people are willing to give us. I just dont see a GM giving the reigning Cup Champs a 3rd for a guy who barely breaks the roster. If he was our unquestioned #6 Dman… and we were taking a shot on bring up an AHLer with him gone, then i there is a little more risk for the hawks and the hawks could talk up the value of the trade.

    Think of it like Josh Freeman. The Bucs tried to trade him, but no one gave up a pick cuz he was gunna get dropped. Why give up a pick when you can sign him as a FA… Same idea… While a #6 Dman could be worth a 3rd, i dont think a GM would give up a 3rd cuz they wont have to…. they can offer a 5th and probably get SB to take it since he is an 8th Dman.

  10. We get 4/5th sure, got to be picks no prospects…

    We hoarked that 5th from them for Scott. With the Bowmans & scouts 5th picks are moar valuable than most 5ths. It seems like it is getting a 3rd.

    We need to do this because it will give us moar at deadline for a good forward. Someone whos good at FO or defensive.

  11. I agree Tim…I personally think the most we would get for Brookbank is a 6th, likely a 7th…but hoping for another magical 5th…

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