In addition to Laurent Brossoit, the Oilers extended defenceman Brandon Davidson for two years as well. Davidson is coming off the first multi-point game of his career on Sunday, but his season as a whole has been quite impressive.
“I definitely had some goals in mind and reached those and kept climbing, I think,” said Davidson. “With the help of the coaching staff and the rest of the guys on the team I was able to get through a few things early and was able to push forward and get to where I am now.”
Davidson, a 2010 sixth-round pick, has developed in the Oilers minor league system for a few years and then made his NHL debut last season. This year, he’s developed into a full-time NHL defenceman and continues to receive additional ice time and responsibilities, playing more than 20 minutes in 12 of the last 13 games.
“I think he’s had a real good development path, but a lot of players have taken that path and haven’t made it. So I think it’s a reflection of his character, his ability and his skill,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan of the blueliner, who also beat testicular cancer just four years ago.
“He’s a fighter, and he’s fought through a lot of adversity in his personal life, which has made him stronger. He’s got a will within to push and to succeed. He’s very coachable. His team likes having him around. Right now, he’s perhaps our Cinderella story, which in turn will put a little more pressure on him this time next year. Expectations will go up. He has a time where he has to grow his game a little more.”