The Islanders have acquired D Brandon Davidson from the Oilers for a 2018 third-round draft pick, the team announced.
Davidson, 26, began the season with the Canadiens before being waved in December. With the Canadiens and Oilers, Davidson has three goals and two assists in 36 games and is a minus-5. In 137 career games, he has a total of eight goals and 12 assists.
Islanders GM Garth Snow will hope that Davidson can help the NHL-worst defense improve enough to push the team to the playoffs. This season, the Islanders have conceded 223 goals, 12 worse than second-last Senators.
Davidson is a restricted free agent after this season but Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports that the Islanders "don't see Davidson as a rental."
Snow has been busy in recent days. Before the trade on Saturday, he put Alan Quine on injured reserved and secured Josh Bailey to a six-year contract on Friday. He has more to do, such as continuing to search for other additions to his team ahead of the Monday trade deadline as well as work on a contract for John Tavares.
Andrew Battifarano: When I first heard the Islanders had traded with the Oilers again, I figured Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli was giving up another key piece for something of lesser value.
In this case, though, the trade is much more minor than the deals these two teams have made with each other in recent years, with Islanders acquiring Davidson.
At first glance, this is nothing more than a depth move. The left-hand shot blueliner isn't much of a force in the offensive end, with only 20 points in 137 NHL games, but he could be a nice piece to use on the third pair, as his possession numbers have always played fairly well. He could jump in and take over for rookie Sebastian Aho, who has struggled to adjust since his call-up.
Obviously, this move doesn't help the defense a huge amount, but it's a halfway decent pickup to aid a struggling D corps.