It shouldn’t take long for 19-year-old blueliner Brandon Davidson to get used to the ‘Oiler Way’. Davidson’s favorite player growing up was Wayne Gretzky. His favorite team was the Edmonton Oilers.
The 6-2 194-pound defenseman has played the past two seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. After being undrafted out of midget hockey, Davidson went into his rookie season (2009-2010) with a lot to prove, being an ‘under the radar’ prospect.
He did just that, earning the Regina Pats’ Rookie of the Year honors and leading the team in plus-minus rating with +15. He also ranked third on the team in assists with 33 in 59 games. The defenseman finished with one goal that year and it came on the power play
The rookie’s breakout performance captured the Edmonton Oilers’ interest and the club chose him with their sixth round pick (162nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
After being selected, Davidson returned to the Pats and showed a vast improvement in his overall game. The young Oilers prospect played in 72 games, recording eight goals and 43 assists. Although his plus-minus dipped to +5, his penalty minutes nearly doubled to 71 from 37. That meant that his role with the club was becoming more prevalent. That was evidenced by his five power-play goals during the season.
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