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(WSCR) Hours before the trade deadline expired Monday, the Blackhawks acquired Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets.
Chicago sent a second and third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to Winnipeg in exchange for Oduya. One Jets expert said Oduya will fit nicely with the Hawks’ style of play.
“I’ve seen Johnny Oduya quite a bit this season,” Winnipeg color commentator Brian Engblom told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I like him. He’s a good player. He’s got good wheels. He can skate. He gets back to pucks very well and can move the puck very well, makes good passes coming out of the zone. Talent forwards like the Blackhawks have love that. They want the puck on their stick at the right time and as early as possible, and, they want it often. That’s a lot harder to do than you think.
LISTEN: Brian Engblom on The Mully and Hanley Show
“I think Chicago needed the depth back that. Oduya will certainty help them. The last couple of games I’ve watch Chicago, they just haven’t had enough push.
Engblom said part of the reason for the Blackhawks’ recent struggles is due to a lack of confidence.
“The perception around the league and their own perception is that they are a very skilled team,” he said. “They have six of the best, first-class puck-movers and goal-scorers in the National Hockey League, but their power play just has nothing going on. Even the best players in the world get their confidence drained.”