The Blues are hoping that Joakim Lindstrom’s second crack at the NHL will produce better results.
The club signed the Swedish-born Lindstrom, a left winger, to a one-year contract Wednesday. It is a one-way deal, which means he’s expected to play on the NHL roster in 2014-15, for $700,000.

Lindstrom, 30, was a second-round pick of Columbus in 2002 who played in parts of five seasons with the Blue Jackets, Phoenix and Colorado before returning to Europe. He joined Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League, where he’s played the past four seasons.

“He’s a player that’s been to North America, gone back and really reinvented his game,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “He came over probably too young and went back (to Sweden). He wants to come back (to the NHL). I know there were a few teams that were trying to get him to come back to North America.”

A 6-foot, 203-pound winger who has a lefthanded shot, Lindstrom has been a point-producing player in Sweden.

This season, he tied for the lead for playoff points in the SEL after placing second in the scoring race during the regular season. His six goals and 18 points in 14 postseason games led him to the league’s MVP award. He had 23 goals and 63 points in 55 regular-season games.

The past two seasons Lindstrom was an assistant captain with Skelleftea, which won the SEL championship (Le Mat Trophy) in both years.