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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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