Eric O’Dell
Image: NHL

Eric O’Dell

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Anaheim, 2009

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Eric O’Dell started the season in junior hockey with Cumberland in the CJHL, having committed to play at St Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2009. In 34 games with the Grads he scored 23 goals with 23 assists. After the OHL Oshawa Generals traded his rights to Sudbury, O’Dell decided to forego college hockey and joined the Wolves in January 2008. In 26 regular season games with the OHL team, he posted 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists) to lead all Sudbury rookies and was 15th overall among rookies in scoring despite playing far fewer games. O’Dell also played for Canada’s U-18 team, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists in seven games. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (39th overall) of the 2008 draft.

2008-09: O’Dell averaged nearly a point per game in his first full season with the Wolves – scoring 33 goals with 30 assists in 65 games. He added four assists in six playoff games. The Thrashers obtained his rights in a March trade that sent Erik Christensen to Anaheim.

2009-10:While the season was disappointing one team-wise for Sudbury, O’Dell continued to develop and displayed determination and competitiveness despite often being one of the few offensive threats for the Wolves. In 68 regular season games, he scored 33 goals with 35 assists and had a pair of assists in the four Sudbury playoff games. Following the OHL season, he joined Atlanta’s AHL affiliate in Chicago, appearing in three games with no points.

2010-11: Expected to turn pro, O’Dell instead spent half the season recovering from surgery to repair a heart defect. Making a full recovery in time for the second half of the OHL season, he joined the Sudbury Wolves in December, sparking a second half surge with 20 goals and 44 points in 39 games. O’Dell scored 7 goals with 5 assists in eight playoff games as the Wolves shocked OHL watchers with a sweep of the top seeded Ottawa 67’s before falling to Mississauga St. Michaels in the second round. 

2011-12: O’Dell struggled to crack a veteran lineup for Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate St. John’s and was also limited by nagging injuries in his first pro season. He played 39 games for the IceCaps, scoring 12 goals with 10 assists, and was plus-6 with 27 penalty minutes. St. John’s finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. O’Dell played in three of 15 playoff games and had an even plus-minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: O’Dell was the leading scorer for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his second pro season. He scored 29 goals with 26 assists in 59 games and was plus-9 with 26 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division. O’Dell was re-signed by the Jets to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2013.

2013-14: O’Dell made his NHL debut with the Jets in December after starting his third pro season with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s; gradually earning the trust of coach Paul Maurice, who replaced Claude Noel in mid-season. After averaging under five minutes of ice time in his first 13 games, O’Dell saw consistent ice time for Winnipeg from the middle of March until the end of the season. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was minus-2 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 9:41 minutes of ice time in 30 NHL games. In 42 regular season games for St. John’s he scored 17 goals with 25 assists and was plus-9 with 35 penalty minutes. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Finals. O’Dell returned to St. John’s for the AHL playoffs and in 21 games he scored 9 goals with 5 assists and was plus-4 with 20 penalty minutes. O’Dell signed a one-year two-way contract with the Jets as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

O'Dell has outstanding hockey sense and a pro shot. He moves the puck well and has very good on-ice vision. He must continue to add weight and build strength, as well as work on his skating. His strong suits are his passing and stickhandling skills.

Future

O'Dell is back with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's to start the 2014-15 season after skating in 30 games with the Jets last season. While he continues to be one of the top scorers for St. John's, playing in all situations, his role at the NHL level would appear to be that of a two-way lower line forward who provides supplemental scoring. With the Jets struggling to score goals early in the season he could get another shot in Winnipeg before the season ends.

Paterson emerges as top NHL-drafted goaltender in OHL in 2014-15

by Jason Menard
on

Jake Paterson - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has the Rangers in a playoff position after being dealt to the club at the OHL trade deadline by the Saginaw Spirit (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

It’s not a deep pool, but when it comes to NHL-drafted goaltenders in the OHL, quantity takes a back seat to quality.

The OHL is graced by two elite netminders atop the rankings, another one knocking on that lofty door, one middling prospect, and a potentially quality prospect who, unfortunately, has to take an incomplete grade due to an injury. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook , February, 2015

by Tony Androckitis
on

Connor Brown - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown was chosen to take part in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in January (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The American Hockey League’s Western Conference will undergo some major re-structuring over the summer as five AHL teams will be playing in California beginning in the 2015-16 season. But before the westward expansion takes place, there are several elite prospects playing in the Western Conference this season looking to make the full-time jump to the NHL. Read more»

Derrick Pouliot remains top prospect for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
on

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Scott Harrington joined the Pittsurgh Penguins for 10 games this season (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

 

Years of drafting defensemen and trading early picks has left the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool in a stagnant state, with more talent leaving than arriving. The system still has some quality defensive talent, led by Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington, but there are few prospects at forward who look like they are ready to contribute at the NHL level at any point in the near future. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: De La Rose pots two in Habs’ win

by Ken McKenna
on

Jacob De La Rose - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with linemate Brandon Prust in the Canadiens win over Columbus (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Jacob De La Rose liked scoring his first NHL goal so much that he decided to add another as the Habs went on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: IceDogs’ Dunn working to become a more complete defenseman

by Jason Menard
on

Vince Dunn - NIagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn is currently ranked ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 42 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The idea that Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn can’t play defense? That’s just plain offensive, says the Linsday, ON-born rearguard. Read more»

Related Articles