Brandon Davidson is whatever you call the guy who starts behind the long shots. The distant bell? Sounds too promising. Buddy’s story is already book worthy, and I think he’ll get his first NHL cup of coffee this season. What. a. journey. (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)
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- Young Willis: (Brad) Hunt was also full of praise for his regular partner on the evening, Brandon Davidson, and said he’s just improved since Christmas. Davidson, who had two points and a minus-14 rating though 27 games at the new year, has four assists and a plus-eight rating in 17 games in 2014. He was a rock on Saturday, not only providing strong defence but delivering a (clean) bone rattling hit that resulted in a scrum in the defensive zone.
- Why will he make the NHL next season? Willis covers it above, he’s made progress. This is a player who started late and has some lag, but it’s also a tough position to learn. Davidson has about 100 AHL games experience now, so improvement at this point is vital and a good sign.
- Does Rocky Thompson’s presence on the big league staff help Davidson? Absolutely. Davidson isn’t going to get the chance if he isn’t qualified, but he’s also unlikely to score four points in a game. His more subtle approach needs more viewings, and Thompson has certainly seen him a lot. A very good sign for all the Oklahoma kids, to be honest.
- What role will he play? Defensive defenseman, just like Musil. Davidson is not going to make his money as a puck mover.
- What are the odds on him playing 200 NHL games? Not good, but the odds of him getting drafted were terrible, too. This isn’t a player you bet against, because he’s been off the grid forever. He’s going to write a unique script.
- Where does he rank among Oiler prospects? I have him No. 23, and the No. 8 defenseman (now that Taylor Fedun is gone).