Brandon Davidson made a successful return to Edmonton’s lineup Thursday, scoring a goal in the Oilers’ 7-2 road victory over the Ottawa Senators just hours after being activated from injured reserve.
The rookie defenseman put the finishing touches on the impressive triumph, converting a power-play opportunity with 3:04 remaining in the third period for his third goal of the season. He had not played since January 21, missing Edmonton’s previous two games due to an undisclosed injury.
Davidson’s tally was the fourth of his career and first since October 31 against the Calgary Flames. It also was the 24-year-old’s first point since an assist versus the Boston Bruins on December 14, ending his 14-game drought.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Davidson also blocked three shots, delivered a team-high four hits and registered a plus-1 rating in 23 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time in Thursday’s win. He has recorded three assists and six points in 35 games this season.
Selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, Davidson made his NHL debut last campaign, scoring one goal in 12 games. The native of Lethbridge, Alberta was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his first full professional season with Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League but was cleared to play after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.
To make room on the roster for Davidson, the Oilers assigned Luke Gazdic to Bakersfield of the AHL. The enforcer, who cleared waivers before being sent down, has recorded one goal and 22 penalty minutes in 28 games with Edmonton this campaign.
Gazdic was a sixth-round pick of Dallas in 2007 but was claimed off waivers by Edmonton on September 29, 2013 before ever playing a game for the Stars. The 26-year-old set career highs with two assists, four points and 127 penalty minutes over 67 contests in 2013-14 and has recorded five goals, three assists and 192 penalty minutes in 135 NHL games.