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Prospect Profile: Eric O'Dell

Friday, 29.06.2012 / 10:00 AM / Feature
By Eric Postma

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01