As Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers wraps up its final week of the year, there was one last visit from a current Oilers player on the schedule as d-man Brandon Davidson stopped by to work with the kids in Leduc today.
It may seem like a long time since Oilers fans have seen a healthy Davidson hit the ice after a lower-body injury suffered during a game in March cut his 2015-16 campaign short but Davidson says a solid off-season of recovery and training has him feeling prepared and optimistic for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season.
"I'm feeling 100%. It was definitely a longer road (to recovery) than I expected. But there's no aches and pains, everything has healed up," Davidson said of the leg injury.
"My training has gone really well this summer. I've made improvements in a lot of areas I wasn't able to work on before. It sucked ending the way I did last season, but at the same time, it's a lot of motivation and gives me a lot of drive for this year."
Bouncing back from a season-ending injury isn't the only thing motivating the 6-foot-2 blueliner, who has spent most of his off-season south of Edmonton in his hometown of Lethbridge.
After quietly putting together a breakout campaign with the Oilers last season, one that saw him become a mainstay on the team's back end, Davidson was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in February, something he sees as another shot to further solidify his future with the club.
"I feel like this (extension) is just another test. I have two years to prove myself again. This where I want to be. I want to keep improving, making the right strides and impressing the right people so I can be here for a long time."
Davidson scored four goals and seven assists with a +7 rating in 51 games last season.