Brandon Davidson
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Brandon Davidson

Hometown:

Lethbridge Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-08-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (162nd overall), 2010

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Brandon Davidson skated in four games for the Olds Grizzlies of the Alberta Junior Hockey League as a 17-year-old and played for the Lethrdbridge Y’s Titans in Alberta Midget AAA hockey. He had four assists for the Grizzlies and scored 13 goals with 11 assists in 42 games for the Titans. In seven playoff games with the Titans he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and had 14 PMs.

2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Davidson, a non-drafted free agent, played in 59 games for the Regina Pats.  He scored 1 goal and added 33 assists for 34 points while posting a team-high +15 rating and 37 penalty minutes. Ranked 48th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Davidson was selected by the Oilers in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Davidson made his pro hockey debut appearing in two games with the Oklahoma City Barons, including one AHL playoff contest, following his second season with the WHL’s Regina Pats. Davidson had no points or penalty minutes and was an even plus/minus with three shots on goal in limited action with the Barons. One of two Regina players to skate in all 72 games, Davidson was the club’s third leading scorer as a defenseman with 8 goals and 44 assists and was -5 with 71 PMs on a Pats team that had the WHL’s third-worst record.

2011-12: Davidson attended his second Oilers camp and returned to Regina for his third season Skating for the Pats as a 20-year-old, he was the team’s third-leading scorer with 13 goals and 36 assists in 69 games and was plus-26 with 83 penalty minutes. Regina finished fourth in the East Division. Davidson skated in the first four games of the five-game first round playoff series with Moose Jaw, suffering a dislocated shoulder in game four. He had 1 assist and was plus-three with 6 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Davidson played six games for the Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City before being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He began treatment in November and made his return to hockey in February, playing two games with the Barons before being loaned to ECHL Stockton for 11 games. He returned to Oklahoma City in March and finished the season with the Barons. Davidson scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 14 penalty minutes in 26 regular season games. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Davidson had 6 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. In 11 games with Stockton he scored 7 goals, including two in his first game, and had 5 assists; finishing +7 with 4 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Davidson assumed a steady role with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his first full season after recovering from surgery. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was -5 with 58 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. The Barons  finished third in the West Division and were swept by Calder Cup champion Texas in a first round playoff series. Davidson had 1 assist and was +1 with no penalties in three playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Davidson is a no-nonsense, all-around defenseman. He does not excel in any one area, nor has many glaring weaknesses. He is a tireless competitor who plays a sound positional game, engages in tough battles and is willing to sacrifice his body to block shots or passes. His skating, pivots in particular, is still an area in need of improvement as is his decision-making and confidence when handling the puck. Davidson is adept at making the first pass out of the zone, but on the whole he is a calm, unremarkable player in terms of his offensive game.

Future

Davidson was with the Oilers for an extended time after training camp but did not see any action before being returned to the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons at the start of the 2014-15 season. He later made his NHL debut in December during a four-game stint with Edmonton. Davidson did not look out of place playing a defense-first game but his play with the puck was a source of concern. He has been a workhorse for the Barons in AHL play. Long-term he projects as an effective lower pairing defensive defensemen at the NHL level.

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