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New York Islanders NFL Style Cut List For 2018-19 Season

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 30: Brandon Davidson #88 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 30: Brandon Davidson #88 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Brandon Davidson | D

Two points, 26-years-old
Picked up at the deadline for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft, Davidson was supposed to bring…something. We don’t really know what. Maybe some shot suppression to help a New York Islanders team that was absolutely bleeding shots. But that’s not what actually happened.

The Islanders continued to bleed shot passed the trade deadline. And what made things worse for Davidson is how he was at the center of so many own goals. At least twice in the last few games, pucks bounced off Davidson’s skates in front of the goal and deflected in. For a guy looking to stay in the NHL, he wasn’t helping his case.

And so, out he goes. He added absolutely nothing for the Islanders when they acquired him at the deadline. And maybe that wasn’t fair to him. The New York Islanders were a hot mess defensively before he arrived, and continued to be one after he got here.

But with Adam Pelech and even Sebastian Aho in the roster, they have more capable players in that position than Davidson. So why keep him?

In the real world, the Islanders could easily cut bait with Davidson by not giving him a qualifying offer and allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. We all know the Isles won’t, though. In all likely hood, they’ll give him a qualifying offer and place him in Bridgeport.

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