The frequently injured Edmonton Oilers may have another player to add to the laundry list of players who have missed time. Defenseman Brandon Davidson was injured in Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets and did not return to the game.
While defending a rush, Davidson had a run-in with Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, who crashed into Davidson’s left knee on the play. Byfuglien also may have put some pressure on the back of Davidson’s calf/ankle as he went down. It’s not clear exactly what happened.
The team did not provide specifics on his injury, only saying that he would not be able to return to play Sunday.
Davidson, who recently inked a two-year contract extension, has been a pleasant surprise for Edmonton this season. He’s arguably been one of their most consistent defenders throughout the disappointing season. While wins are hard to come by and their playoff hopes have taken a drive up the coast, the loss of Davidson for any amount of time will impair their ability to put some wins on the board and play competitively.
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Davidson entered the season having played 12 NHL games. This year, he’s put up four goals and 11 points in 51 games.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.