Thursday, July 10, 2008

Oh yeah, Canucks sign defenceman Rob Davison

This is hardly anything to get excited about. Davison will be the guy on the outside looking in. He will make $560,000 this year.
A few things I noticed about Davison though are that he played 19 games for the lousy Islanders last season and he ended up at a -3. That would rank him 24th out of 30 skaters that suited for the Isles last year. He averaged just over 16 shifts per game and 13:51 of icetime in 34 games combined with the Sharks and Isles, but it looks like the Isles used him a heck of a lot more. He was logging about 20:00 per game there.
Not a guy that will put the puck in the net very often (3 goals in 195 career NHL games). Mike Weaver, who Davison is more or less replacing, has only scored 3 goals in 204 career NHL games. I was a fan of Weaver and wish he stayed. But I have not had many chances to watch Davison play. Given how the Canucks lose a lot of man-games by defencemen to injuries, I'd say we'll see Davison a few times this year.

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