The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with qualified RFA Eric O`Dell.
Jets signed Eric O'Dell to a one year contract at $650 000. 2 way deal. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 19, 2014
Eric O`Dell was selected in the 2nd round 39th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL entry draft. In December the 24 year old forward earned a callup to the Winnipeg Jets. While playing in a limited role he scored seven points in 30 games, but was noted for his strong two way play and hard work. The Ottawa native was also a key player for the St. Johns Ice Caps in their playoff run to the Calder Cup final.
O`Dell will require waivers for the 14/15 season, so he will likely be staying in Winnipeg full time. If the Jets were to place the right shooting center on waivers for purposes of sending him to the AHL he would likely be claimed, and Kevin Cheveldayoff cannot afford to lose young players.
With Mathieu Perreault now on the roster, O`Dell will have a tougher time moving into the Jets top nine forwards, but he may be the most qualified player on the roster if the Winnipeg Jets don't add. This is important for Eric's career, his development and previous roles suggest a fourth line roster spot may not be suitable for him. Can he crack the top nine?
O'Dell seems to pass the fancystats test although the sample size is small. He also has an interesting history including a heart defect that stunted his development as a prospect. He seems to have overcome his medical issues, and has put up strong numbers in the AHL.
What will his role will be in the upcoming season? Will he get a shot at the top nine? Will he be a long term Jet? Share your thoughts below.