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Prospect Profile: Eric O'Dell

Friday, 29.06.2012 / 10:00 AM / Feature
By Eric Postma
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Prospect Profile: Eric O\'Dell
Eric O\u2019Dell\u2019s hockey journey begins as he was playing Junior \u2018A\u2019 hockey in Cumberland, Ontario, having committed to playing at St. Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2009. It was during that 2007-08 season when his OHL rights were traded from the Oshawa Generals to the Sudbury Wolves. O\u2019Dell determined that he had a much better chance with the Wolves and made the jump that January.

Eric O'Dell with the St. John's IceCaps

Eric O’Dell’s hockey journey begins as he was playing Junior ‘A’ hockey in Cumberland, Ontario, having committed to playing at St. Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2009. It was during that 2007-08 season when his OHL rights were traded from the Oshawa Generals to the Sudbury Wolves. O’Dell determined that he had a much better chance with the Wolves and made the jump that January.

O’Dell only played 26 games in the second half of that season, but was still able to lead all rookies on the Wolves in scoring, and sat 15th among all OHL rookies with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists). The Ottawa-born forward went on to play three additional seasons with Sudbury, notching 207 points (100 goals, 107 assists) in his 198 game junior career.

It was that stellar rookie half-season that caught the eye of NHL scouts. O’Dell was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (#39 overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Before he ever had a taste of NHL hockey, O’Dell was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Erik Christensen in a deadline deal on March 4, 2009.

Immediately following the 2009-10 season, O’Dell had a major health scare. Suffering from heart palpitations, it was discovered that O’Dell had hole in his heart that went undiagnosed since birth. Surgery was needed to repair the defect, and O’Dell was out of hockey for six months.

O’Dell returned to the Sudbury Wolves at Christmas of that season, playing 39 games last season. He now is finishing up his first professional season playing with the St. John’s IceCaps.

Eric O’Dell is known for his outstanding hockey sense, incredible on-ice vision, and his great shot. As he continues to develop and grow, O’Dell will have a bright future in the Winnipeg Jets system.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
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5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
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9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 50 17 23 9 40
B. Little 50 18 20 9 38
B. Wheeler 50 13 23 10 36
D. Byfuglien 50 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 47 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 50 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 50 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 35 10 12 3 22
A. Lowry 49 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 34 5 9 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 5 2 .932 2.00
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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