After battling his whole career, could the Oilers look to trade Davidson?

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On Saturday night’s Sportsnet broadcast, Elliotte Friedman suggested there could be “some interest” in Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson.

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Just two weeks ago, Matt Henderson threw around the idea of the Oilers trading Brandon Davidson. Now, two weeks later, Friedman is suggesting similar notions. Jonathan Willis also broke this down last night.

“The Oilers don’t want to lose [Davidson] for nothing. I think there’s some interest in him,” Friedman said Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada. “And especially since they have to sign the likes of McDavid, Draisaitl and Russell in the next little while.
“I think there’s going to be some talk around Davidson’s name.”

Brandon Davidson, Warrior.

Brandon Davidson is a rare item. Drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 Entry Draft by the Oilers, the former captain of the Regina Pats signed his first pro deal with the team on May 31, 2012. 

Battling was never something Davidson wasn’t used to, as he had to fight to get into the Pats lineup after not being selected in the WHL Bantam Draft.  

That rang true as during a routine medical exam in his first pro season a tumour was discovered on Davidson’s testicles. It turned out to be cancerous. 

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After immediate surgery, Davidson underwent draining chemotherapy treatments following his November 2012 diagnosis. Davidson returned later that season, playing 11 games with the Stockton Thunder in the ECHL before joining then Oilers affiliate Oklahoma City Barons for their drive to the end of the season and the subsequent 17-game playoff run.

That year, he was named the winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

Davidson spent two more seasons with the Barons, before joining the Oilers towards the end of the 2014-2015 season. Last year, Davidson found a full-time role with the club playing in 51 games scoring 11 points.

This season however, Davidson has missed the majority of the season due to injury. Now, Davidson could be one of the players that the Vegas Golden Knights opt to select in this years expansion draft.

Davidson has been one of the only defencemen that the Oilers have actually been able to develop into an NHL caliber player. One of the other most notable defenders the Oilers developed was Jeff Petry, who the Oilers traded to the Montreal Canadiens. 

Both Henderson and Willis’ articles above talk about potential moves the Oilers could make surrounding Davidson and the implications that follow.

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    • Oilerchild77

      If I’m Chiarelli, I’d make that trade all day. But Ebs makes the same money as Duchene, and I doubt the Avs would go for it. I know I wouldn’t.

  • nuge2drai

    Big Russell fan..

    Sign him and leave him unprotected..

    If he is claimed, we dont lose much..

    I really dont even think there is a team out there that would trade for Davidson and have the room to protect him.

    • CaptainLander

      Sign to a 1 year 5 mil deal. Pretty sure he would not get claimed with that. Oil are pretty good with cap space for next year. Especially if Puliot get claimed.

  • Bills Bills

    Okay so you trade Davidson for prospects instead of lose him for nothing. Well guess what. You’re going to lose something for nothing anyway. So now two guys are off the roster spot? That’s a good idea. How about this. Vegas taking Davidson is actually the second best thing that could happen after taking Pouliot.

    Left side he is behind Klefbom, Sekera and Nurse. What other position do the Oilers have enough depth to afford the loss?

    While I’m at it, the whole Eberle and Davidson for Duchene idea is just stupid. Duchene is not the scorer Eberle is. He doesnt play right wing and he’s a carbon copy of another player we have in RNH.

  • Cashmeouside

    Davidson and Eberle make decent trade bait, but who will bite?!

    Davy is known to be…. bit of a band-aid and Eberle lacks leadership on the ice and production is really streaky.

    who know’s I would really love to see Chai make a deal at deadline time to make a good push into the playoffs.

  • russ99a

    The problem is nobody that we have that can replace Russell are good at defending in the defensive zone. At least until Bear and Jones are ready in a few years. .

    We have our top six next year: Sekera, Larsson, Klefbom, Russell, Benning and Nurse. Oesterle can be the 7h.

    Move Davidson,for something he’s only for one more inexpensive year, and pump and dump Reinhart.

    We don’t have the assets to make a move for a top pairing D, nobody is going to give us one for Eberle, Pouliot, etc.

    Instead upgrade our forwards with more complete players and find a shooter for McDavid’s line for next season so Draisaitl can move back to center.