Future Watch: Brandon Davidson

Oilers prospects gets a late-season taste of AHL competition in Oklahoma City

Thursday, 16.06.2011 / 11:55 AM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
Brandon Davidson concluded the 2010-11 season with OKC following a 72-game season with the WHL's Regina Pats, scoring 8 goals and 51 points. (Photo by Steven Christy / OKC Barons)

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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.

He finished the 10-11 campaign tied for tenth in the WHL in points among defensemen and experienced a five-game point streak on three occasions.

Davidson joined the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on March 24, and saw time in one game. He made his professional debut in the season finale against Houston. Davidson recorded one shot on goal and was a +1.

“It’s been incredible so far,’ Davidson said following his time in OKC. “Being here kind of opens my eyes up and kind of gives me a taste of what it takes to play here. Getting in a few games and stuff, felt really good, felt really comfortable and now I know I can play here for sure and soon it’s a possibility.”

Davidson may get his chance to showcase his skills in OKC or Edmonton next season but until then, he is preparing himself for a productive offseason.

“The real key things I need to focus on this summer, and it can take from this, is kind of just adjusting to the speed and the size and the physicality of the American Hockey League and I got to step it up this summer and come back into camp prepared and ready to go.”

Davidson’s major point of emphasis will be his footwork and speed.

“I’m just going to work on my foot-speed and stuff… It’s not the best. There (are) always areas to improve. That’s an area I really think that if I improve there, everything else will improve.”

As Davidson continues his pursuit of a spot in the pros, he needs to continue to improve. But one thing is for sure. He isn’t flying ‘under the radar’ anymore.

Author: Chris Wescott | OKCBarons.com

2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS (PLAYOFFS)

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 4 1 0 1 -2 6 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 6 1 1 2 -1 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 - - - - - - Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 0 0 0 0 0 0 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 13 2 3 5 -2 4 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 - - - - - - university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexandre Giroux 
29 6 2 1 3 -1 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 0 0 0 0 0 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Teemu Hartikainen 
20 6 0 1 1 -2 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 - - - - - - quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 1 0 0 0 E 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 - - - - - - timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 0 0 0 0 0 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 4 3 2 5 -3 2 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 6 1 1 2 -1 6 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 6 1 2 3 -2 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra
23 6 0 2 2 E 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark 
24 6 1 2 3 E 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 6 1 1 2 +3 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 4 0 2 2 -1 6 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 0 0 0 0 0 0 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 - - - - - - ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 - - - - - - oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 6 0 2 2 +1 21 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
hunter tremblay
25 5 0 1 1 +1 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris VandeVelde
23 6 1 0 1 +2 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
KEVIN MONTGOMERY
22 2 0 0 0 E 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 4 0 1 1 N/A 2 stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 - - - - - - merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 4 2 2 4 -5 4 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 - - - - - - oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 1 0 0 0 -1 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Troy Hesketh   19 - - - - - - sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 4 1 4 5 -4 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Johan Motin
21 1 0 1 1 N/A 0 stockton thunder (echl)
Richard Petiot
28 6 0 0 0 +1 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry
23 6 0 1 1 -1 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante
21 5 0 0 0 E 12 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 10 4 6 0 1 2.97 .912 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Jeff Deslauriers   26 1 0 1 0 0 9.00 .500 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Martin Gerber
36 6 2 3 0 1 1.79 .931 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton *
22 1 0 1 0 0 9.00 .750 STOCKTON THUNDER (ECHL)
Olivier Roy   19 3 0 2 0 0 6.88 .739 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)

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