In 2017-2018, the Islanders traded for Brandon Davidson at the deadline. Remember when he scored own goals in back to back games?
Sometimes in a lost season, you just have to find the humor in certain things. That was the case during the Islanders 2017-2018 with Brandon Davidson. For some reason, Garth Snow parted ways with a third-round pick for Davidson in February of 2018.
He would play just 15 games for the Islanders and was a -8 in those games with just one goal. Objectively, it wasn’t a smart move from Garth Snow and that was personified in March of that season.
In back to back games, in back to back days, Brandon Davidson scored own goals. The first came against Florida:
The Isles were already trailing 2-0 and Evgenii Dadonov was attempting to throw one across the ice for a pass. Instead, it would go off of Davidson’s skate and right in the back of the net. Talk about bad luck.
That’s unlucky in itself, but for it to happen again the next night!
If we don’t laugh we’ll cry. Bobby Ryan throws a harmless shot on goal at Jaroslav Halak, who was in perfect position and Brandon Davidson just decided to get a stick on it and it deflected in past Jaro.
Halak was rightly furious as he throws the puck out of the net in frustration. All he had to do was let the puck trickle in towards Halak and he gets a pad on it and covers up.
Well, I guess that’s what happens when you allow the most goals in the league (293 to be exact). Doug Weight was not very defensive-minded and boy did that change the following season. Unfortunately for Davidson, he was the product of a bad defensive structure, bad luck, and bad decisions.
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At least 2018 gave us the Mathew Barzal Calder season, because outside of that it wasn’t too pretty.