Brandon Davidson
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Brandon Davidson


Lethbridge Alberta

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6th round (162nd overall), 2010


202 lbs.

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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. 

2014-15: Davidson was with the Oilers for an extended time after training camp but did not play in any games  before being assigned to the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. Recalled in December, he made his NHL debut in a game at Anaheim and played in four games before being returned to the Barons. He was recalled again at the end of March, finishing the year in Edmonton. In 12 games with the Oilers he scored 1 goal and was -5 with no penalties. Davidson played 55 regular season games for Oklahoma City. He was +10 and scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 43 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Davidson scored 1 goal with 1 assist in 10 playoff games and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes. 

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.


Davidson made the Oilers out of training camp and has skated in a regular role for Edmonton in 2015-16. Averaging over 19 minutes of ice time per game, he has been a steady presence on a defense corps that has been in flux for much of the season. He signed a two-year contract extension with Edmonton at the end of February 2016. An injury in early March could keep him out of the lineup for the rest of the season. Davidson's injury clouds his future but the 24-year-old is a solid two-way defenseman when healthy.

(Video) First NHL Goal: Davidson makes it a “hat trick” of firsts for the Oilers

by Ken McKenna
Brandon Davidson - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson (L) is congratulated by Oilers forward Andrew Miller after Davidson netted his first NHL goal in a win over the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)


It’s a veritable gusher of first NHL goals from the Edmonton Oilers of late, with rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson being the third Oiler to achieve that feat in the past week. Davidson’s goal was the first of the game in a 4-1 Oilers’ win over the Colorado Avalanche. Read more»