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Chicago Blackhawks Farm Report: Joakim Nordstrom Joins Hot Rockford IceHogs

Joakim Nordstrom was sent to Rockford Sunday.
Joakim Nordstrom was sent to Rockford Sunday.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Jon FromiSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Sunday morning that forward Joakim Nordstrom had been assigned to the club's AHL affiliate in Rockford. Nordstrom, who had a goal and was a plus-one in eight games in Chicago, will be joining up with an IceHogs team that logged a pair of victories over the weekend.

A big 5-3 win in Chicago over the Wolves, coupled with a thrilling rally in Rockford's home opener against Grand Rapids, have the IceHogs at the top of the AHL's Midwest Division. Rockford is currently 4-2 after sweeping the weekend, good for eight points and a tie for second in the Western Conference.

Saturday's game at the BMO Center saw the IceHogs rally twice from two-goal deficits. Down 4-2 with just over two minutes to play, Brad Winchester and Phillip Danault scored their first goals of the season a minute apart.

Rockford went on to beat Grand Rapids, the defending AHL champs, 5-4 via the shootout.


Red-Hot Morin a Candidate For a Call-Up

Jeremy Morin played a big part in Rockford's success this weekend with two-point games on both Friday and Saturday. Morin also hit twine in Saturday's shootout to help complete the comeback.

Morin is certainly making a case for the Blackhawks to bring him up to the NHL roster. He has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in six games. The IceHogs have won each of the four games in which Morin has scored.

There was no corresponding roster move with Nordstrom being reassigned. However, Morin is a likely candidate to be called up if the need arises.


Svedberg Signs Entry-Level Deal

Defenseman Viktor Svedberg, who started the season on an AHL contract, was signed to a two-year, entry-level contract by the Blackhawks, the team announced Saturday.

Svedberg, a 22-year-old native of Sweden, has a goal and an assist so far this season for Rockford. He celebrated his new deal with a shootout goal to ended Saturday's contest.

At 6'8", Svedberg is an intriguing prospect for the Blackhawks. His impressive size comes along with some decent puck-handling skills. The Blackhawks have apparently seen enough to invest a couple of seasons in the hopes of developing an NHL blue-liner.


Busy Week Ahead

Rockford goes back to the road again to start this week with a pair of games in Ontario. The IceHogs are in Hamilton Tuesday and play in Toronto the following night. Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Rockford plays host to Charlotte and Texas, respectively.

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