He looks like Lenny Kravitz, but instead of covering one-hit wonders, he’s covering the blue line for the best team in the NHL. Johnny Oduya came to this team at last year’s trade deadline and many were skeptical, like myself. The general consesus was the team needed to get bigger and tougher. But, you can’t hit the other team when the puck is always on your stick.
“Johnny O” decided to wear the number 27 on the back of the best sweater in hockey, making Jeremy Morin irritated and Jeremy Roenick well, who knows, it’s JR. Either way the current #27 on the Blackhawks has made quite the impact.
Chicago has 2 more wins than his number 27 since he joined last year (29).
You’d have to add the team’s losses and overtime losses in that span together and multiply them by three in order to equal 27.
29-2-7. The Chicago Blackhawks regulation record with Oduya.
Johnny Oduya’s one-year anniversary with the team was on the 27th (look at that) of February. Yet, they have as many regulation losses as I have… eyes, since that time.
A shaky playoff series with the Phoenix Coyotes is what worried people when Stan Bowman decided to re-sign Oduya for three more years. They weren’t sure which player was going to show up for the following season. Then, nobody showed up for the following season, at least not in hockey equipment. But, the lockout (hey, remember that?) finally ended and Oduya took very little time to “show up”.
He’s not the only thing showing “up”. His plus/minus rating is +10 and tied for the best on the Blackhawks squad (with three others).
And, oh yeah, he makes saves too:
If you’re playing NHL 13, just trade Oduya. This bum doesn’t even have a goal for us this year.
If you’re a fan of real hockey and the streak our team is on, you don’t care that he doesn’t provide much on the scoresheet for the second highest scoring team in the Western Conference.
The Blackhawks have played 22 games and 9 teams in the conference have played less (21 or 20). Yet, they still boast the lowest goals against total with 41. The second closest team being San Jose with 44. They’ve played 20 games.
This impressive number may be influenced largely by the improved play of Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Swedish defenseman hadn’t looked himself since the departure of Brian Campbell. Being paired with Nick Leddy for parts of last year didn’t seem to work out quite well. Now, paired with Oduya for the majority of this season, Hjalmarsson is impressing people again. It’s almost like by acquiring Oduya, we were also acquiring an improved #3 defenseman in Hjalmarsson. There are even nights these two lead the team in ice-time. Go double-check, but Keith and Seabrook are both healthy and playing. This contribution will pay off for himself, the team, the goalies, and the health and fatigue of our star blueliners.
This guy has brought as much spark to the team as his name has cheesy puns to sports writers. Oduya not think so? Well that’s just 2 (regulation losses in 38 games) bad for you.