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Greg’s Report Cards: Johnny Oduya

By Greg Boysen

GP   G   A   P   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG    GWG   SOG   S%

18     1    4    5     3        0          0          0             0         30     3.3         Regular Season

6       0    3    3     1        0          0          0             0           9      0.0         Playoffs

Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent

A lot of people were upset that the only player Stan Bowman acquired at the trade deadline was Johnny Oduya.  In hindsight, Oduya might have been the best deadline move that was made.  Johnny made a very positive impact on the Blackhawks.  He was a -3 after his first period with the Hawks but everything got better after the bumpy start.  Oduya sured up the 2nd defensive pairing and was able to take some of the burden off of  Brent Seabrook  and Duncan Keith when it came to ice time.  Nick Leddy played some of his best hockey of the season while being paired with Oduya.  If you eyeball his playoff numbers you would have to say he played pretty good.  Well, sometimes the numbers can be deceiving.  Oduya did not have a good series against the Coyotes.  He was not nearly as sure with the puck as he was down the stretch.  He made too many turnovers and was out of position too many times.  But, with that being said, I think Oduya played himself into a new contract with the Blackhawks.  Stan Bowman mentioned Oduya more than once in his state of the team address and never once mentioned Niklas Hjalmarrson.  It will be interesting to see what plays out over the summer.  My guess is Oduya is here in October and Hjalmarrson is not.

2011-2012 Final Grade: B