|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
|NHL Team||New Jersey Devils|
|Born||October 1, 1981,|
|NHL Draft||221st overall, 2001|
|Pro Career||2003 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||76||2||9||11||−5||61||6||0||1||1||+2||6|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||6||20||26||+27||46||5||0||1||1||−5||6|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||7||22||29||+21||30||7||0||0||0||+3||2|
Family[edit | edit source]
Johnny is the younger brother of former NHL draftee Fredrik Oduya.
[edit | edit source]
- Johnny Oduya's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Johnny Oduya - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
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