UFA Profile: Brandon Davidson Round Three?

Brandon Davidson has done his fair share of bouncing around the league over the past couple of years.

He was dealt at the 2017 trade deadline by the playoff-bound Oilers to the Canadiens for David Desharnais, a small-but-gritty centre who filled a need on the team. A few months into the 2017-18 season, the Habs placed Davidson on waivers and he was re-claimed by the Oilers. His return only lasted 23 games as he was dealt to the Islanders for a third-round pick.

Now Davidson is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career as the Islanders opted not to give him a qualifying offer. Could Davidson be back in Edmonton for his third kick at the can?

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Who is Brandon Davidson?

Bradon Davidson is the great equalizer among Oilers fandom. There isn’t much that Oilers fans all agree on. Some are pessimistic, want Peter Chiarelli fired, want to complain about Taylor Hall, and believe the organization is wasting Connor McDavid. Some are optimistic, want Chiarelli to be praised, think Hall was a dressing room cancer, and believe the team is doing well no matter what.

What’s one thing that everyone seems to have in common? Time for Brandon Davidson. Check out the replies to ON’s tweet above. It’s flooded with an overwhelming number of responses about bringing Davidson home.

The Taber, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Oilers in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. He spent a good amount of time in the minors and finally earned a cup of coffee with the big club in 2014-15. He made the team full-time in 2015-16, logging 19:12 per game and putting up very strong underlying numbers. He plays a simple, gritty, effective game, and always works hard.

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One thing about Davidson, though, is he’s had a difficult time staying healthy. His career-high in games at the NHL level is 51, which he accomplished in 2017-18 and 2015-16.

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Does he fit on the Oilers?

Barring trades, Edmonton will roll into 2018-19 with Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, and Andrej Sekera on the left side of their blueline, Adam Larsson, Matt Benning, and likely an off-side Kris Russell on the right side. Perhaps first-round pick Evan Bouchard gets a cup of coffee at the NHL level, but there’s no way he’ll be up for more than nine games.

That gives Edmonton a need for a seventh defenceman. Obviously, the Oilers would love to bring in another right-handed shot as Larsson and Benning are the only two righty defencemen currently pencilled into their roster, but Davidson has played on both sides in his career.

Davidson is coming off a two-year deal worth $1,425,000 annually. The Islanders declined to qualify him, which would have cost them about $2,000,000 for the 2018-19 season. If Davidson could be had at a similar contract to the one he signed with the Oilers back in 2016, he would be a nice, cheap add to the team’s blueline. He’s familiar with the team, plays a versatile game, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s a fan favourite.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 26 2 3 5 14 4 17 6 6 2
2012-13 Stockton Thunder ECHL 11 7 5 12 4 7
2013-14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 68 5 8 13 58 -5 3 1 1
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 55 4 6 10 43 10 10 1 1 2 12
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 1 1 -5
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 4 7 11 20 7
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 1 1 16 1
2016-17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 2 2 4 -3 3
2017-18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 1 1 9 -3
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 23 3 1 4 10 -2
2017-18 New York Islanders NHL 15 1 1 2 4 -8
NHL Totals 152 9 13 22 63 3
Corey Crawford will reportedly be on the Hawks' 31-man roster in Edmonton, Brent Seabrook will not

  • Tonya Harding Compete Level

    I see no harm in bringing him in, would like the 7th D to be him on the cheap or Simpson assuming the current 6 doesn’t change. He knows the group/systems, has size, character, can skate and contribute.

  • Phattmike

    Broke into the league in 2014/15 and hasn’t really been able to convince a team to keep him around. Many stints with different teams in those 4 years, isn’t encouraging. Not a bad 7th D option, but why not try something new. Also, who says he wants to come back in that role. He did fall out of favour with the coaching staff and maybe he thinks he can get more opportunity elsewhere.

  • Cowboy Bill

    Davidson would be an ideal seventh Dman . He plays either side and is compatible with every defenseman currently on the Oiler roster , even Russell and that says something .

  • Kepler62c

    As #7 and insurance to keep Bouchard off the roster he’s a great fit. Coach knows him, he’s not Lowe’s kid, and works hard when given the opportunity.

    Not much has been said about this, but Brooks Orpik is now a UFA after being bought out. On a 1 year deal he might be the ideal stop-gap for Bouchard, he just won a cup, and would be a great veteran presence.

  • bazmagoo

    I like Davy, but if we are gonna sign a 7th dman he should be a right shot.

    I think Christian Folin from the Kings is a perfect fit in the #7 spot. He can push Benning for the #6 spot.

  • El Connor mcdaddy

    I think if we did throw an offer ole Davy’s way, which I would have no problems with, I honestly doubt he takes it, unless it is the only offer he receives. We know he is a little pissed at the organization for trading him at the deadline, then getting him back off waivers just to trade him again, and I doubt he would be willing to forgive pistol Pete so quick. I think Davidson’s time in Edmonton has sadly come and gone.

    • CMG30

      I don’t think he’s too mad. He understands the business and he always struck me as a good company man. He’s versitle and knows the system. Unless Chirelli can pull a rabbit out of a hat, I’ve got no problems bringing him back.

  • crabman

    Love Davidson. But the team doesn’t have $1.45M for a 7D. The team needs to be looking for someone in the $750K-$1M range. I would also prefer a RD with some offense.
    I would love Davidson as a bottom pair defender if Russell or Sekera were moved leacing a bottom pair of Davidson and Benning making a combined $3.35M, much more inline with other teams bottom pairs. As the roster stands now, I would pass on Davidson as the 7D

  • Kevwan

    The Sharks didn’t qualify Dylan Demelo. RHS and could probably play 6/7 and 2nd PP. Probably a better puck mover but not as gritty. I dont mind Davidson but there are other options.

  • Gravis82

    I’m pretty sure we needed Davison during the run when sekera went down. Dd added nothing. Sure he scored a big goal, but are we sure we would have even needed that goal I’f Brandon was in the lineup? Debateable. Classic Chia creating problems for no reason.

  • DavidMcDavid

    Hey. Can you guys please consider doing a piece on Duncan Siemens? Edmonton kid, drafted #11 in 2011, Colorado just cut ties with him. Is he a fit for the Oilers? I would love to see us take a flyer on a player with that pedigree and with ties to our town. I’d rather see us take a shot with a player that has more upside than Davidson. Siemens would be a project I’d like to see the Oilers take on.

    • PandaBearJelly

      Fun fact, I went to highschool with him in Saskatoon. Lots of talent but I don’t think he’s ever really been able to put much together at the pro level.

  • TKB2677

    I like Davidson but what does he bring you that you don’t already have? Davidson is an OK skating, defensive dman. Is Keegan Lowe not a younger Davidson? Lowe is an OK skating, defensive dman who is probably a little more rugged than Davidson as he will scrap once in a while but other than that, their games are a bit the same. Davidson has a lot more NHL experience but other than that.