|David John Oduya
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 10.1.81 Stockholm, Sweden
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from Frolunda (Swedish Elite League), 7.17.06
How he left: Traded to the Atlanta Thrashers with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, and Devils' 1st
and 2nd round picks in the 2010 E.D. for Ilya Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela and Thrashers' 2nd round
pick in the 2010 E.D., 2.4.10
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Playing in the NHL is different than it is in the Swedish League, and Oduya found that out in his first year. He got
housed quite frequently, turned it over in his own end frequently, it just wasn't pretty.
And even in the first few games of 07-08. A lot of people were already dreading the next shift he took by then. I started
to by that point, and it's not often that I feel this way about anyone.
Then he got paired up with Paul Martin, and things started to change. He started to show what he REALLY was capable
of: moving the puck, bringing it up ice with some speed, and making plays. (At one time, he was being called ORR-
duya.) He and Martin became the best pairing the Devils had on the backline.
Ultimately, him being made the main QB on the second pairing would be a better option for the team (provided that he
gets paired with a partner in the same vain as Colin White), but it wouldn't have been an option without him being the
most improved Devil in 07-08.
He had some middling success in subsequent seasons before the Kovalchuk trade. In fact, I tend to believe that being
middling was part of why he was in the trade to begin with.
And since the trade, he played in 3 different cities in a 2-year span. Of course, the Thrashers became the Winnipeg
Jets, and he was moved to the Blackhawks prior to the 2012 deadline to deepen their D. He would stay with them for
both Stanley Cup victories.
His first season with Dallas (15-16) saw him reach 20 points in a season for the first time since he was a Devil. To show
just how potent the Stars' offense was, he was fourth among defensemen (John Klingberg, Alex Goligoski, Jason
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Entry Draft: 2001 Seventh Round Pick (221th overall) by the