Johnny Oduya
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team New Jersey Devils
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born October 1 1981 (1981-10-01) (age 38),
Stockholm, SWE
NHL Draft 221st overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 2003 – present

David Johnny Oduya (born October 1 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Kenyan-Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Oduya's first club was Hammarby IF, where he played as a junior. In 2000, at the age of 19, he moved to North America to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He spent one season in North America, splitting time between Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats. After moving back to Sweden, he signed a contract with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Elitserien. During the two seasons he spent with the team, he was known as an aggressive defenceman and a tough guy. At times he fought with opposition players and received loads of penalty minutes. However, he was also a very dependable player and played regularly in the Swedish national team during the Euro Hockey Tour. In the 2005–06 season, after he had been dismissed by the NHL team Washington Capitals, he moved to another Swedish team, Frölunda HC. In Frölunda, he played as a more offensive defenceman, scoring eight goals and eleven assists.

The following season, Oduya signed with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Many expected him to be a minor league player, who maybe would get a brief stint or two in the NHL. When several of the Devils' defenders were injured, Oduya got a spot in the lineup. He played surprisingly well in the NHL, sometimes playing around twenty minutes a game. He played in virtually every Devils game that season, except for a few that he missed due to a mid-season injury. However, in the playoffs, he wasn't even at the bench when the Devils were defeated in the second round. Him being benched was mostly due to Andy Greene, who stepped right into the lineup out of college.

During the 2007–2008 season, Oduya became a mainstay on the Devils' blueline. He has developed into a puck-moving defenceman, exhibiting his offensive skills while also playing sound defence in the Devils' end. On February 9, 2008 while playing for the Devils in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Oduya scored a rare coast-to-coast goal. He picked up a loose puck behind the goal line in the defensive zone and skated up ice through the Hurricanes' defense, made a move to the left of goalie Cam Ward, and put the puck in the net. For his impressive offensive skills, fans refer to Johnny Oduya as Johnny Orr-duya referring to incredible offensive defenceman, Bobby Orr.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/− PIM GP G A Pts +/− PIM
1999–00 Hammarby IF J20 3231821+1248 61234
1999–00 Hammarby IF HA 100000 100000
2000–01 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 44113849−9147
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 2431619+31112 134913+210
2001–02 Hammarby IF HA 46111425+1866 2101+14
2002–03 Hammarby IF HA 3882028+33162 107512−138
2003–04 Djurgårdens IF SEL 42448+9173 4000−36
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49246−9139 12022−139
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 4781119+1295 17123016
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 762911−561 6011+26
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 7562026+2746 5011−56
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 8272229+2130 7000+32
SEL totals 138141933+12407 33145+1261
NHL totals 15182937+22107 11022−312

Family Edit

Johnny is the younger brother of former NHL draftee Fredrik Oduya.

External linksEdit

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