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Davidson recovered and ready

by Cait MacPhail / Edmonton Oilers

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.

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