As the season has gone on, Brandon Davidson has become an increasingly important piece on the Oilers blueline. The 24-year-old defenceman has gained more recognition in recent weeks due to his steady play and increase in minutes.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says his role as a penalty killer has bumped up his minutes recently, but that doesn’t mean Davidson hasn’t been impressive.
“When you look at our team and our minute-distribution since the All-Star break, it’s skewed immensely because of the amount of penalties we’ve taken,” said McLellan. “Brandon penalty kills, he penalty kills a lot, so his minutes are going to go up significantly in that area. But over and above that, he’s done a really good job of just being a Steady Eddie. He just gets the job done. He can play the game, a skating game, he can play a passing game, he can play a physical game. He’s got the tools that can be used in any type of environment.”
Davidson took 31 shifts against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, playing 22:38. He’s played 25+ minutes twice since the All-Star break.