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The Edmonton Oilers finally signed Brandon Davidson to his three year, entry level contract that we all assumed was coming. With the June 1st deadline looming for the 2010 prospects, it was inevitable that it would be done. Here is the official release:
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Brandon Davidson on a three-year entry level contract.
Davidson, 20, played in 69 games last year with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, finishing the season with 49 points (13G, 36A) and 83 penalty minutes.
The 6’1″, 202-pound Lethbridge, Alberta native has collected 134 career points (22G, 112A) with the Pats in 200 games along with 191 penalty minutes.
Davidson, who was the captain of the Pats, also made his professional debut when he appeared in two games last season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
The Oilers selected Davidson in the 6th round, 162nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Signing Davidson and leaving out Jeremie Blain suggests that at least one young, current, Barons defender will get a new contract (I’ll go with Alex Plante). And although some favored Blain head-to-head with Davidson, I believe the right choice was made. Brandon is a defensive guy, sure he has some offense gifts, but look for him to be a Teubert style defender. Davidson will hone his craft in OKC in October.
NOTE: You’ll recall he played a single game in OKC last season after completing his 10-11 campaign with the Regina Pats.