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.