The 30-year-old native of Stockholm, who the Hawks acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for a pair of 2013 fourth-round draft picks, said it was good just to get back on the ice.
"Anytime you have a team this good and they want to bring you in to see if there's a fit for you and you can help out, you appreciate it. I feel fortunate coming in here." -- Johnny Oduya
He looked pretty good, too, considering.
Oduya's skating ability -- which was lauded by Chicago general manager Stan Bowman on Monday -- was noticeable right away in offensive and defensive drills.
The Hawks had a void for a player with Oduya's skill set after they traded speedy, puck-moving defenseman Brian Campbell last summer to help create salary-cap space. Bowman also chose not to re-sign last season's trade deadline acquisition, Chris Campoli -- another skilled puck-mover.