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Player Profile: Up close and personal with... Johnny Oduya

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The rookies will gather in Penticton, B.C., on Sept. 11 and the main camp opens Sept. 17.

The Winnipeg Jets are gearing up for their return to the NHL and opening night vs. the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 9 at the MTS Centre. During the next few weeks, we will provide you with an up-close look at some of the players who are expected to be in the team's lineup when it hits the ice against the legendary Habs.

29 JOHNNY ODUYA

DEFENCEMAN

NUMBER: 29

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 190

SHOOTS: Left

BORN: October 1, 1981 (Age 29)

BIRTHPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden

DRAFTED: Washington/2001 NHL entry draft

ROUND: 7th, 221st overall

 

  • His brother, Fredrik, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1993 but never played in the NHL
  • Spent one season in the QMJHL with Moncton and Victoriaville, then returned to Sweden for five seasons
  • Represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics and at the 2009 IIHF World Championship
  • In 2008-09 he had 29 points (7g, 22a), leading all Devils' defencemen in goals
  •  Scored his first NHL goal on December 19, 2006 against the Thrashers
  • Lists his first job as landscaping at a cemetery

TRANSACTIONS: Never played with Washington and was signed by New Jersey as a free agent on July 25, 2006. Acquired by the Thrashers from New Jersey with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, a first-round choice in the 2010 NHL entry draft and a second-round choice in the 2010 Draft for Ilya Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela and a second-round choice in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2010-2011 THRASHERS 82 2 15 17 -15 22 0 0 0 90 2.2
NHL Totals   382 20 76 96 36 189 3 1 4 384 5.2

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 30, 2011 C5

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