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Johnny Oduya
Johnny Oduya
Number: 29
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 1, 1981  (Age 34)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by DEVILS, July 17, 2006.
Drafted: WSH / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (221st overall)
LAST SEASON: Completed his second season with Devils/second NHL campaign... Finished first on squad with career-high plus-27 mark; was “even” or “plus” in 62 of 75 appearances... Six goals/20 assists/26 points were all career highs; 6g were first, 20a/26pts were second (P. Martin, 27a/32pts) among NJD defensemen... Saw action in career-high 48 straight matches from December 21 at Edmonton through end of regular season schedule... Had points in career-high three straight games February 1-4 (3a); also had points in back-to-back games March 28-April 1 (2g-2a-4pts), February 23-24 (2a) and January 4-5 (1g-1a-2pts)... Totals included career-high 1g-3a-4pts January 22 at Philadelphia, as well as 2g March 28 vs. Philadelphia, and 2a April 1 at NY Islanders... Recorded first goal of season January 5 at Boston... Appeared in his 100th NHL game November 30 vs. Montreal; played in 23 straight to open season through November 24... Posted first point of 2007-08 with assist November 3 at NY Rangers... Added 1a in five playoff contests.


2006-07: Was one of seven Devils’ players to make their NHL debuts in 2006-07; joined A. Brooks, D. Clarkson, M. Fraser, A. Greene, R. Pelley and T. Zajac…Games played total was second only to Zajac from among the seven…Posted assists/ points in back-to-back games twice: March 6-8 (2a) and November 9-11 (2a)…Recorded his first career NHL goal December 19 vs. Atlanta (K. Lehtonen); his first point with assist November 9 vs. Chicago…Made his NHL debut in season-opener October 6 at Carolina; game marked just the 13th time in team history that two rookies (Zajac) made their NHL debuts in the same game…Joined D. Hale, P. Martin (Oct. 8, 2003); J. Boumedienne, S. Clemmensen, A. Salomonsson (Oct. 6, ‘01); M. Danton, S. Gron (Feb. 23, ‘01); M. Brodeur, J. Dowd (Mar. 26, ‘92); J. Miller, J. Skalde (Oct. 7, ‘90); N. Brady, V. Fetisov, S. Starikov (Oct. 5, ‘89); K. Friesen, C. Terreri (Oct. 18, ‘86); A. Chevrier, C. Wolanin (Oct. 10, ‘85); U. Hiemer, K. Muller, M. Wilson (Oct. 12, ‘84); A. Hepple, R. Trottier (Oct. 7, ‘83); K. Daneyko, J. MacLean (Oct. 5, ‘83); and L. Floyd, M. Moher (Feb. 27, ‘83)… Missed six games January 6-16 with shoulder injury…Recalled from Lowell (AHL) just prior to start of season October 5; had been assigned two days earlier following training camp…Saw action in six straight playoff games April 12-22… Recorded first career playoff point with assist in game four of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Tampa Bay…One of three Devils’ rookies (Greene & Zajac) to make NHL post-season debuts in game one.

2005-06…Made North American debut by appearing in 44 games with Moncton and 24 games with Victoriaville (QMJHL) during 2000-01 season…Played four seasons, 1996-00, in Swedish Junior League prior to QMJHL…Originally drafted as Washington’s sixth choice, and 221st overall selection in 2001 Entry Draft.

Joined organization after spending previous five seasons in Sweden, including last three with Elite League…Recorded 8g-11a- 19pts in 47 games played with Frolunda (Swe.)...

PERSONAL: Older brother Fredrik was born May 31, 1975, and was drafted by San Jose in 1993; spent last season with the Laredo Bucks (CHL) and Nybro Vikings (Swe.)… Enjoys listening to music…Father, George, was from Kenya, and his mother, Birgitta, is Swedi sh…Spent of f - season in Stockholm and visiting Spain…Favorite movie is The Jury and favorite TV show is Entourage…Enjoys summer BBQ's, watching movies and relaxing with family and friends…First job was at a cemetery at age 16.