The Edmonton Oilers are set to announce the signing of defenceman Brandon Davidson to a two-year contract extension worth $2.85 million. That’s an average annual value of $1.425 million, for those scoring at home.
The 24-year-old from Lethbridge has been a rare bright spot for the Oilers, who’ve suffered yet another dismal campaign.
But the contract shows faith in the blueliner, who has more than earned a spot with the big boys.
In 47 games this season, Davidson has 10 points – including four goals. He’s a plus-six player right now, which is a wonder in and of itself on this Edmonton squad.
Davidson played for the WHL’s Regina Pats prior to joining the Oilers. He served as the team captain during his final season of junior in 2011-2012 and landed with the Oklahoma City Barons. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his first full professional season, but surgery and chemotherapy ensured his return to the ice.
Davidson, drafted 162nd overall by the Oilers in 2010, joined Edmonton in 2014-2015 for a dozen games. He posted a goal.
Davidson has since benefited from a gradual introduction to Oilers hockey, with head coach Todd McLellan taking his development very seriously. He was started in the third pairing and saw limited ice time, but he’s still generated considerable scoring chances for his team and has been able to hold his own as a reliable penalty killer.
He’s also third among Oilers defenders in blocked shots and hits, while he’s second in takeaways and sixth in giveaways.
So this is a smart signing for the Oilers and it’s good news for Davidson, who should be one of those untouchable players if there’s any justice in the world. He’s a bright spot on a team with few of them.
The Oilers have also signed goalie Laurent Brossoit to a two-year, one-way contract.