Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom out with fractured fibula

Joakim Nordstrom walks to the rink before the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

New year, same health challenges.

The most versatile of the Bruins’ depth players, Swedish forward Joakim Nordstrom, will miss at least three weeks with a leg injury he sustained in the Winter Classic.

The Bruins announced Thursday morning that Nordstrom has a nondisplaced fibula fracture and will be reevaluated in approximately three weeks. The team said Nordstrom was hurt in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

It was not clear when the injury happened. Nordstrom logged 13:14 over 20 shifts and was on the ice for the final shift of the game.

His absence at Thursday’s morning skate, before a 7 p.m. puck drop with the surprisingly hot Calgary Flames, puts Ryan Donato (scratched for the Classic) back in the lineup. Donato took rushes as a second-line right wing Thursday morning.

Nordstrom has a 5-2–7 line in 39 games, averaging 14:33 a night and playing up and down the lineup. A natural left wing, he has been on both sides of the second line, a third- and fourth-line left wing, and a third-line center.

Though not a major offensive producer, the 26-year-old is providing good value on a two-year, $2 million deal he signed last July 1. He brings a hard-charging, defensively responsible style and has produced two game-winning goals: an OT strike against Pittsburgh Nov. 23 and the opening goal at Montreal Dec. 17.