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Catching up with... Johnny Oduya

Swedish blueliner spending the summer in his native Stockholm

Friday, 08.22.2008 / 12:24 PM / Features
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Catching up with... Johnny Oduya

Oduya set career highs in goals, assists and points in 2007-08.

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newjerseydevils.com – After taking major strides in his sophomore season, Johnny Oduya is primed to develop into an important part of the Devils' blueline in 2008-09.

Oduya showcased his skating skills to set up this goal by Patrik Elias.
The Stockholm native improved offensively with a career-high six goals and 20 assists in 2007-08, finishing second among Devils defensemen in scoring. His plus-27 rating led the club.

Oduya was selected with Washington's sixth choice in the 2001 Entry Draft, then signed as a free agent by the Devils in July of 2006. He went on to collect two goals and nine assists in 76 appearances during 2006-07.

Oduya may be best known for scoring one of the highlight goals of the Devils' first season at Prudential Center with his end-to-end rush against Carolina on Feb. 9 [ 700K].

Newjerseydevils.com recently caught up with Oduya from his offseason home near Stockholm.

Oduya: Like most of the guys, I spend a lot of my offseason traveling, and with friends and family. During the summer you try to make time for the people you don't get to see much of during the season.

My summer home is about two hours from Stockholm, and that lets me plan short trips around Sweden and Europe. In July, I spent 10 days in Portugal. I really like traveling, and it's something I wish I could do more often. 

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and a fairly big city with a lot of old architecture and history. There's a lot of access to water, which is great for boating. Hockey's not as big in Stockholm as it is in some of Sweden's smaller cities and towns, so I get around the city without being recognized too much.

I went to a Jay-Z concert when he came to Stockholm in June and had a great time. I like going to the movies, but they're harder to keep up with here because they come out a few months later in Sweden than they do in the U.S. I've already seen most of the movies that are playing here now.

I started out this summer working out twice a day on my own. Now that it's August, I've been skating with about 10-15 NHL players that spend the offseason in the Stockholm area.

I think most guys are excited about getting to training camp, and I think having it at Prudential Center will be great. The more time you spend at an arena, the more you feel at home. The facility is first-class, which makes it a fun place to be.

We'll have Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik in New Jersey this year, which is exciting. They're both great players with a lot of experience, and you can never have too much of that. Plus, they've played for the Devils before and know the organization.

I think that makes it a perfect fit.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 42 10 16 -2 26
J. Jagr 45 9 16 -12 25
M. Cammalleri 37 15 6 -2 21
P. Elias 39 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 49 4 16 -9 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 41 8 8 -6 16
S. Gomez 25 4 12 -7 16
S. Bernier 34 7 7 2 14
M. Havlat 31 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54