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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59