Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Johnny Oduya
Johnny Oduya was born October 1, 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden. Washington's sixth choice, 221st overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Oduya joined the Devils after being signed as a free agent on July 17, 2006.

An aggressive defenceman, Oduya spent five seasons in Sweden, three of which were in the Elite League, before making his North American debut in 2000-01 the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats and Victoriaville Tigers. After his season in the "Q", he moved back to Sweden and spent five seasons overseas. A year after he was dismissed by the Washington Capitals, the New Jersey Devils opted to sign the free agent who was expected to start with the club's AHL affiliate. However a banged up Devils' defence opened a few roster spots that Oduya comfortably filled in during 76 regular season games.

On February 4, 2010, Oduya was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers as part of a package of players and draft picks that saw the Devils acquire all-star Ilya Kovalchuk.

After two and a half seasons with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise in which Oduya continued to progress as a solid two-way NHL defender, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 27, 2012 in exchange for second and third round draft picks.

Oduya and the Blackhawks would dominate the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, rolling through the NHL's regular season and capturing the Presidents' Trophy.

The playoffs were more of the same and though pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, the Blackhawks would prevail and eventually earn the fifth Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the first in Oduya's career.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 13 0 0 0
1997-98 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 26 3 11 14 70
1998-99 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 38 14 31 45 45
1999-00 Hammarby IF Stockholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 32 3 18 21 48 6 1 2 3 4
1999-00 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 44 11 38 49 147 -9
2000-01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 24 3 16 19 112 +31 13 4 9 13 10
2001-02 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 46 11 14 25 66 2 1 0 1 4
2002-03 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 48 15 25 40 200
2003-04 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 42 4 4 8 173 4 0 0 0 6
2004-05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 49 2 4 6 139 12 0 2 2 39
2005-06 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 47 8 11 19 95 17 1 2 3 16
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 2 9 11 61 -5 6 0 1 1 6
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 6 20 26 46 +27 5 0 1 1 6
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 7 22 29 30 +21 7 0 0 0 2
2008-09 Sweden WC-A 5 3 1 4 2 +2
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 2 2 4 18 +2
2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 1 8 9 12 +6
2009-10 Sweden Olympics 4 0 0 0 12 0
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 2 15 17 22 -15
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 2 11 13 33 -9
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 1 4 5 0 +3 6 0 3 3 0
2012-13 Flying Farangs Bangkok Thailand
2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 3 9 12 10 +12 23 3 5 8 16
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 3 13 16 38 +11 19 2 5 7 8
2013-14 Sweden Olympics 6 0 1 1 0 +1
NHL Totals 588 29 113 142 270 66 5 15 20 38


Traded to Victoriaville (QMJHL) by Moncton (QMJHL) for Teddy Kyres and Simon St-Pierre, January 10, 2002. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 24, 2006. Traded to Atlanta by New Jersey with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and New Jersey's 1st (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Justin Holl) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft for Ilya Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela and Atlanta's 2nd round choice (Jonathon Merrill) in 2010 Entry Draft, February 4, 2010. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Flying Farangs Bangkok (Thailand), October 31, 2012. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Chicago's 2nd (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Zachary Sanford) and 3rd (J.C. Lipon) round choices in 2013 Entry Draft, February 27, 2012.