The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick on Saturday.
Davidson is quite used to getting move around the trade deadline. This is the second time in his career this is happening, now, on back to back years. In the 2016–17 season, on February 28, 2017, Davidson was traded by the Oilers to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for David Desharnais. He was waived on December 2, 2017, by the Canadiens, and was reclaimed back by the Oilers on December 3.
Though Davidson is not the best puck-moving defenseman you will find, he has a great physical play adding hard-hitting checks. He can also be used on the penalty kill, and you can always count on him as he is rarely out of position.
Davidson has three goals and five points in 36 games this season, in which he has also played for Montreal.
Selected by Edmonton in the sixth round, 162nd overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft, Davidson has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 137 NHL games.
The Oilers, who are currently 18 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card in the Western Conference and entering a clear retooling phase, still managed to land a reasonable draft pick in the deal.
The Islanders had been looking to tweak their blue line as they are still fighting for a playoff spot. Before entering Saturday night's matchup against the New Jersey Devils, the Isles are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.