The New York Islanders put their toes in the Trade Deadline waters by acquiring third paring defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers.
We we all waiting for New York Islanders GM Garth Snow to make a trade. And two days before the trade deadline he did. By acquiring Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers! I thought that Peter Chiarelli had all but blocked Garth Snow’s calls after the Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome trade debacles. I guess the whole “fool me twice shame on me” thing doesn’t apply in Chiarelli’s world.
So does the acquisition of Brendan Davidson actually help the New York Islanders blueline or not? After, there’s no way you knew who he was when the trade was announced. So it’s a fair question to ask.
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To acquire the expiring RFA, Garth gave up a third round pick in 2019. That’s two years away. So what did the Islanders actually get in Davidson?
What is Brandon Davidson? What does he bring to the table and what can the New York Islanders expect from him? Well for starts, the Islanders are getting a player that’s at the very least good in his own end.
Against lower opposition Davidson is pretty darn good compared to some of the players currently on the New York Islanders roster. Like Thomas Hickey for example.
That comparison graph should be telling you, “yeah, Davidson might not have the individual impact of a Hickey, but his impact on the team is certainly much better!”
Davidson should bring exactly what the Islanders have been missing, a solid D to round out their blue line. It’s a simple move that won’t cost them anything until 2019. Davidson won’t fix all of the Islanders problems but it’s a good move to start doing so.