Summer Assignment: What is Johnny Oduya’s 2013 Grade?
Report Card Johnny Oduya (Photoshop by Joe Kremel)
Contract Status– 2 years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $3,383,333
Summary– Oduya came over at the trade deadline in 2012 and has played in 66 regular season games and he’s only been part of 9 losses in that time. After being a trade deadline steal, Oduya has stablalized the Hawks defense while giving the coaching staff the confidence to play all three pairings every night instead of playing Duncan Keith the majority of most game nights.
Oduya has the annoying ablility to cough up the puck once a night at a critical moment, but in 2013 it never came back to haunt the Blackhawks. Oduya played along side Niklas Hjalmarsson most of the season and were actually the best shutdown pairing most of the year. Oduya during Game #6 collected on of the two assists on the final goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs when Dave Bolland ended the greatest 17 seconds in Blackhawks history.
Pre-Season Prediction– We had Oduya at 3 goals and 14 assists so we were spot on with goals and just a little short on the assists.
Grade- Oduya had his struggle at times, but he was solid all year long for the Hawks so my grade for Oduya is a B+
What is your grade for Oduya?
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