BLOG: Davidson: "Being here is not enough"
22-year-old defenceman Brandon Davidson has a good rookie camp and performed well in training camp but he was sent to the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City earlier than he wanted.
"It was a long training camp but I think it went well," said Davidson. "When I left, I was a little disappointed that I was going home that early but at the same time I knew it wasn't over. I knew there was some development that needed to be done and maybe I've shown that over the last couple of games down in the AHL. Like I said, I'm just trying to put my best foot forward and do everything I can to be here and just glad I got the opportunity."
Davidson, who yesterday earned his first call up to the NHL in his career was in a good mood following today's morning skate despite the fact that he is not expected to suit up tonight when the Oilers host the New Jersey Devils.
"I'm very excited. I've always had a dream of getting that first call up and finally playing. It's exciting just to be here whether if I get in the lineup or not. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm going to try and make the best of it."
Davidson will look to take advantage of his time in Edmonton and the fact that the team's rookie head coach is very adamant about replacing players who are struggling or not providing a 60-minute effort each night. This gives the young defenceman a good opportunity to pounce on play time if the players in front of him falter.
"It's a great opportunity for me to come in here whether that be if they're having problems or not. I'm going to push the pace for the other guys as well. Compete and whoever is going to be the best is going to be in the lineup. I'm here to compete and battle to get on that roster spot. At the same time I'm happy to be here but in another sense, just being here is not enough. I'm going to keep putting my best foot forward towards playing full time."