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02-05-2013, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyJet View Post
Believe me, he’s serious. The trade for Oduya not only costs Hawks two potentially great picks in the strongest draft in years, but when we turned around and overpaid him, it contributed to our cap woes. IMO, those were the worst two moves by Stan since he became Hawk’s GM.
And please don’t anyone post his plus/minus. We all saw the real JO last game when the heat was on…. and it wasn’t pretty.
The "real JO" in the last game was our leader in ice time, and along with Hjalmarsson has formed our best and most consistent defensive pairing (at least at even strength) by every relevant statistic while Keith and Seabrook are both slacking off in this early season.

Put another way, here's how our defense has performed this season:

HARO+ represents how well they're rated for offense, HARD+ how well they're rated for defense, and the size of the circle represents their ice time. In theory, anything better than 1 means above average. That name way above everyone else in both HARD+ and HARO+? Johnny Oduya.

All the usual caveats apply to these stats: sample size, relevance, intangibles, blah blah blah. But they still show enough of an edge for Oduya to throw the common opinion of him into question.

If you doubt how Oduya will be in the playoffs, that's fine. But right now he's playing great hockey and deserves to be commended for it.

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