The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson, 26, from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2019 third-round pick on Saturday afternoon. The physical, shot-blocking defenseman is trading in his blue and orange for... blue and orange. Get to know the newest Islanders blueliner.
1. HIS STATS:
Davidson has 20 points (8G, 12A), 215 hits and 239 blocks in 137 career NHL games (114 with Edmonton, 23 with Montreal).
The defenseman had five points (3G, 2A), 81 hits and 64 blocks in 36 games this season, split between Edmonton and Montreal.
2. HE PLAYED HIS JUNIOR HOCKEY IN REGINA:
Davidson played three seasons (2009-12) for the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League. Davidson posted 134 points (22G, 112A) in 200 games for the Pats and captained the team in the 2011-12 season.
3. HE WON THE FRED T. HUNT TROPHY IN 2012-13
Davidson won the AHL's Sportsmanship award in the 2012-13 season with the Oklahoma City Barons, which "honors the player best exemplifying the qualities demonstrated by Fred T. Hunt: sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey."
Other winners include Bruce Boudreau (1987-88), Tom Kostopoulous (2015-16) and Chris Ferraro (2002-03).
Video: Brandon Davidson Press Conference
4. HE OVERCAME CANCER
Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October of 2012, but came back and beat the disease after surgery and chemotherapy. He's been in remission for over six years.
Davidson's story and his hockey comeback has been detailed several times. It's worth reading.
Read on the Montreal Canadiens site.
Read on NHL.com.
5. HE'S PLAYED ON THREE TEAMS WITH JORDAN EBERLE:
Davidson and Jordan Eberle were teammates in Regina during the 2009-10 season, in Oklahoma City for the early part of the 2012-13 season and in Edmonton from 2014-15 to 2016-17.
The Islanders will be their fourth stop together.
6. HE WAS TRADED AT TWO STRAIGHT DEADLINES:
Last season Davidson was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for David Desharnais on Feb. 28, 2017. He was claimed by the Oilers off waivers on Dec. 3, 2017.
7. HE WORE 88 WITH EDMONTON AND MONTREAL:
If Davidson wears continues to wear 88 he will be the first Islander to do so.
He also wore number three in junior.