February 27, 2012 wasn’t a blockbuster trade that Blackhawks fans had expected, but as is Stan Bowman’s way it was a minor move that has been a winner ever since. Johnny Oduya isn’t a superstar or does he fill up the stat sheet, but all he does is solidify the defense on a nightly basis and on the eve of the Gold medal matchup for Oduya his skills are on the World stage even though Blackhawks fans have seen him play for two calendar years already.
Oduya and Hjalmarsson normally get the toughest assignments whether it’s in Chicago or now with Sweden in Sochi and on Friday morning there skills were on display highlighted by a defensive stand in the middle of the game. There they were with the Finns on a 5 on 3 powerplay it was Oduya, Hjlamarsson, and teammate Marcus Kruger preserving the lead and in the end a trip to the Gold medal game.
The record for Oduya is almost hard to believe since his trade from the Winnipeg Jets to the Chicago Blackhawks so here is the incredible record with Oduya in the lineup.
- 2012 Regular Season- 12-2-4
- 2012 Playoffs- 2-4
- 2013 Regular season- 36-7-5
- 2013 Playoffs- 16-7
- 2013-2014 Regular Season-35-11-14
- 2014 Olympics 5-0
That’s only 21 Regular season regulation losses in 2 calendar years and a combined record of 106-24-23 since getting exiled from Winnipeg.
Great teams are not loaded with fantasy greats but great teams are stacked full of very good players that know their roles and fill them on a nightly basis, and Johnny Oduya is one of those guys and the Blackhawks and Team Sweden are lucky to have #27 on their roster and in the lineup on a nightly basis. He may not score a lot but there’s a good chance he’s saving one for his team by his play!
What’s your thoughts on Oduya heading to the Gold medal match?
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