NHL Trade Deadline: Chicago Blackhawks Acquire Johnny Oduya

Mark FischerContributor IIFebruary 27, 2012

WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 21: Johnny Oduya #29 of the Winnipeg Jets during their NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at MTS Centre on February 21, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Amidst a recent three-game skid, the Chicago Blackhawks have acquired veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks in 2012, per TSN.ca.

At 30 years old, Oduya is a reliable two-way defenseman who is capable of chewing up big minutes, which will undoubtedly benefit the likes of Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook—all of whom average upwards of 22 minutes per game.

While his point totals have dipped since being dealt from New Jersey to Atlanta in 2010, Oduya is still a lock for 15-20 points a year. He will likely contribute to the Blackhawk's second power play unit, which currently sits at  24th in the NHL with a dismal success rate of just 15.9%.

Oduya also adds some playoff experience to Chicago—he's played in 18 playoff games, all with the New Jersey Devils.

Oduya, slated to become a free agent on July 1st, was made expandable when the Jets claimed Grant Clitsome off waivers from Columbus earlier today