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Patrick Kane says Oduya makes the plays forwards ‘dream of’

Mar 3, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

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Johnny Oduya isn’t exactly household name, but Patrick Kane made it sound like the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery when they acquired him at the trade deadline.

“This (Johnny) Oduya can make plays that forwards can dream of,” Kane said. “Coming up the ice with speed, he jumps in; he seems to be real smooth and fits in perfect with our team. He’s another guy who can jump in the play. It’s nice to have a guy like that; it adds a little more balance with our D.”

Duncan Keith chimed in, saying what Oduya brings to the team is “huge.” In Oduya, the Blackhawks got a veteran blueliner, who is capable of eating up minutes. That might take a bit of pressure off of Keith and Brent Seabrook, who are both in the top-20 in the NHL for average time on the ice per game.

Chicago has won two straight games since the Oduya trade and they’ll try to make it three in a row on Sunday in Detroit.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Wait till he starts serving up pizzas for the opposing team.
    – Signed a Jets fan

    • bcisleman - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      That may be, but he was your best player against us this year and in years past. Glad he won’t be with you when your guys come back to the Island in April.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    He was the best player? Not Pavelec, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Wheeler, Kane, Ladd, Stuart or Bogosian? Odouya was the #5 defencemen on a very mediocre Jets team. I couldn’t disagree with your comment anymore

  3. AppealToReason - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    He fills a bit of the void left by Campbell as far as the breakout goes but he can be really, really bad. A lot of players look good on their new teams and then a few games later they get back to what they normally are.

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