Report: Hawks To Try Out Brandon Davidson

According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal veteran defenseman Brandon Davidson will attend the Blackhawks training camp on a PTO.

Because, apparently, the Blackhawks need another left-handed defenseman in camp.

Davidson was originally a 6th round pick (#162) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft. And, because the Oilers have such a well-established track record of drafting and developing quality NHL defensemen, it would make sense that there’s a market for Davidson.

The 27-year-old was traded to Montreal from Edmonton for David Desharnais at the deadline in 2017. The Oilers claimed him back off waivers on Dec. 2 last season, and then traded him to the Islanders for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in February.

Davidson scored four goals with three assists and 23 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games for the Habs, Oilers and Islanders last season.

39 thoughts on “Report: Hawks To Try Out Brandon Davidson

  1. Hard to imagine ge gats a contract, maybe help some team who may sign him get a look at him.
    Faulk still hasn’t been moved by Caps yet though.

  2. Not sure what Ian just said but,..,.,.,give the kid a crack at it .Brandon has good size ,he`s a Western Canadian boy and he`s been around ,.,.,might have something to prove .

  3. Lol Halktalk sometimes on ptos letting other teams see you in preseason is whats important. Maybe he impresses and Hawks sign him for the year, who knows. But Sens, Wings and Jackets may be teams to try make an impression on as well if released.

  4. he has good size and is nasty with 105 hits from last year. this has all the markings of Queeneville. The Hawks need nasty guys to go with all these waterbug/finesse players.

  5. Great humor from Tab about the Oilers track record. But there is nothing humorous about the Hawks acting like they have little confidence in their left-shooting d-men.

  6. Would rather see Hillman or even Dahlstrom get the minutes.

    These stop-gap moves remind me of Mike Smith’s approach to free agency – one year deals from the scrap heap.

    Who can forget guys like Garry Valk and Nathan Dempsey ?

  7. Switching gears for a minute, since St. Louis is up against the ceiling, what would it take to sign Jaden Schmaltz to a contract as an RFA

  8. Talk to the Oilers. Work a sign and trade for Nurse. 4 years at 4.5 to 5. Trade 15 and a low totem pole dman to Oilers.

  9. Roman with Sekera likely out for the season and may be put ltir, Oilers probably want hang on to Nurse and would have room, but he’d be good add.

  10. For a player tryout have no issue looking at him. If they sign him to a contract, I would expect it to be a 2 way deal. Even a low salary one way deal.
    Probably another move will happen to clear some of the log jam of dmen down on the farm.

  11. Once again, no vision by Bowman and confirms they have no prospects on defence. Where is Gilbert, Dalhstrom, Hillman, Krys, etc… What else does Bowman need to do to prove he has absolutely no idea what he is doing and that Pierre Gauthier is the worse Pro scouta and Kelley the worse amateur scout in the NHL.
    Another Oiler dman who cannot make a poor defence in Edmonton….OSTERLE?
    Terrible. Team needs a fresh, young approach at GM.

  12. Let’s remember that Bowman is a former auditor at Arthur Andersen, and a Notre Dame Business grad. Smart guy trained for a different profession. He’s not his old man and is not a “hockey guy” who worked his way up thru the ranks,

  13. Sadly Davidson says he had 10 PTO offers and chose the Hawks.
    Translation, much like Cody Franson last year, he must know that his chances of making the team are extremely good.
    Yikes. This will not make us better AND the Hawks don’t need more training camp bodies on left defense who in the #7 through 10 mold.

  14. He finished last season with Isles and was a decent 3rd pair guy down the stretch, so may feel he deserves a look. Even if he is signed it is purely a depth move, he likely ends up in Rockford at some point or claimed off waivers as he isn’t exempt anymore. Possibly may stay until when Forsling is ready, he goes through waivers then or later on, allowing Hillman to have some time in Rockford, maybe they feel he needs that more. As Mrfenn 92 noted there probably could be some trades to come yet.

  15. Brandon Manning & Brandon Davidson sounds like a sold third D pairing. Unless they are they same person, trying to double dip on salary. If Q has the equine forms out regularly, he may not know the difference. We certainly know Bowman doesn’t.

    At least we have Brandon Saad.

  16. P.S. typo, solid, not sold.

    Also, I haven’t heard Roszival officially retired, so you never know…..

  17. Not sure why people are freaking about this. He isn’t going to block anyone. If anything, it’s a shot at having a guy like Franson that can be called upon when needed, but really shows his value in Rock helping the room and prospects become pros

  18. No one is freaking out, this is simply a little a.m. entertainment, that’s it.

    If he ends up playing as much as Oesterle did last season, then we will freak out.

    Meanwhile, Bowman lays in bed at night thinking….

    “Oh Kempny, oh Kempny, how is your beautiful hair looking these days…. I’m so sorry Q didn’t like you…..”

  19. I’m interested to see how Kempny does this year

    I wouldn’t put much stock in a good playoff run riding shotgun for Carlson – he’s not a top pairing guy just because he played with Carlson for a handful of games just like Osterle is not a top pairing guy because he played a handful of games with Keith

    I really don’t think the Hawks will miss him

  20. as for Davidson – it’s unlikely he makes the NHL roster but could be a useful call up from the Rock

  21. Wraparound agree on Kempny, signing a 4 year deal for 5 – 7 defencemens caphit of 2.5m/yr not what top4 or near top 2 would command seems to raise more questions than answers.

  22. From hearing some info from a solid source-Washington really appreciated his play and like his future as a second pair guy. For some reason he bought in more and he has some talent that was always visible.

  23. Your reasoning as to Kempny is flawed.

    1) Excluding entry level contract D-men playing top 4 minutes, virtually no top 4 D-men have cap hits of only $2.5M.

    2) Kempny playing an entire playoffs in pressure packed games was not enough to convince you. Ok, noted. We’ll re-visit this the as each season progresses.

    3) Manning’s cap hit (albeit for two less years) is slightly less (I want to say $2.25M) than Kempny. That’s cap hit monies well spent, ok, sure. Same goes for Rutta.

    4) Kempny played the fourth most D minutes in the playoffs for Wash. And seamlessly. The coach utilized him in textbook fashion to maximize his strengths, limit his weaknesses and build his confidence.

    It’s more likely than not that Kempny — at worst — will remain a steady, reliable D-man the next four seasons, and a good value at his cap hit. He is entering his prime. He has room to grow/potential from both offensive and defensive standpoints. What’s the point of signing someone like Manning and considering trading for someone like Faulk when there are a gazillion D-men (young and otherwise) already on the roster? Who drafts four D-men top two picks two drafts in a row when you have a lack of stability and depth at center, and also a lack of snipers up front?

    This isn’t about whether Kempny is good, bad or indifferent. This is an example of a lack of communication and poor decision making by management as a whole.

    Good day.

  24. Iceman my point was if you look in Caps system they 3 or 4 legitimate left shot dmen prospects. Maybe this year is rushing them but by year end or next season could look very different. I hope Kempny does well but the contract he signed looks more like one that may be easily moved in a year or 2.

  25. Having guys on luxury caphits is ok when we have lots of cap space to burn.
    Like when Rozy and Leddy were at 2 and 2.2, once we didn’t have the luxury those guys were .650 and 0.
    Same thing prob with Krugs, Knutz, and maybe Rutta and Manning. Those 2 D guys could be good.
    Once the young guys need higher caphits, were not going to have those kind of caphits in those positions, just like 32 and 8 a 3rd pair at 4.2m.

  26. So you think the Oilers would do a Nurse for Anisimov swap? Yeah… Not even Chiarelli is that dumb. I’d be more interested in Puljujarvi. Not that I dislike Nurse…just think that’s unrealistic.

    One player the Oilers did draft was Erkan (Erik) Gustafsson. They chose not to sign him. The Davidson situation may be tied to Forsling being injured and the need for stopgap experience. Wouldn’t put too much stock into it.

    Kempny had 8 points in 46 games with the Caps. Hardly Earth shattering. On par if not below his output with the Hawks. There is nothing about Kempny’s game that is steady or reliable. In the playoffs he made a blind pass that ended up in the back of the net.

  27. Ernie, good point on Kempney’s blind pass, he made a few blunders, but then every d-man has made & will make mistakes.

    Iceman’s point is that the Caps put him in situations that played to his strengths & not his weaknesses.

    They worked with what he had & didn’t try to force him to do things he’s not suited for.

  28. Anyone know how deep not deep the draft is this yr.
    Compare it to a yr, of the last 10 drafts, deep wise.
    Then can look at that yrs draft and see what were prob looking at for this draft,
    what range the really good players/then good player are at.

    If Crow play, were too good to not be pick 16-31.
    Even in the hardest division, by far.

  29. Mo half the top 20 picks are projected to be centers and some real blue chippers said to be there. A number of high end wingers expected to be available and the D is more the lunch box vs flash next season.

  30. Don’t sound like bottom half of 1st round will be as deep as this season but still doesn’t sound like it’ll be too bad.

  31. JR with Mcdavid, Draisatil, Nugent-Hopkins, Brodziak, Cagguila as prospective centers why would Oilers be interested in Anisimov.

  32. Based on that,
    we should go for 10-15, at worst. And I donot see how we could do as bad as that, with Crow/even with more things going against then last yr did.
    Were just to good, when we play.

    We be around 3/4/or 4 seed,
    one or two games could be the difference between 12-22nd pick, with salary capped-parity and being in the extremely hard division.
    Anyother division, were 3 seed lock.

    So its a good spot, for a reload style-transition yr.
    The real transition yr was last yr, without 81/4 and 50.
    Without those 2 were 4or 5 seed.
    We saw without 50 and 2 AHL goalies what could happen, with that many young and first yr guys and most of core knowing whats up.

    Whether were 3/4or5 th seed or 10-15 pick doesn’t matter.
    Its about reloading with young guys/another wave.

    I really cannot ever see a yr, like last yr-that had that many things go against and not have a NHL goalie, let alone an established NHL back up.
    That’s the odds of having a guy from the stand play goalie.
    It just doesn’t happen/20yrs.

    Like Bolly said in 2013, we did it all.
    When 19/88/2 are retired they will be the only ones in this league/25 yr generation, that can say that.

    Anyways, the Flatlanders can suck it.
    Were going to be a top 5 team again soon.
    Were not going to get a top 10 pick without trading up again.
    Even if the core guys sit back another yr waiting for the roster to get deep.

    Then its on, no matter who wants to suck on it, as Bolly says.
    Its just a matter of time.

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