The New York Islanders added depth to their blue line by acquiring defenseman Rob Davison from the San Jose Sharks for a 7th round pick in the 2008 NHL draft. The 27-year-old native of St. Catharines, Ontario, has played in 15 games for the Sharks this season and has 21 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, he has two goals, 14 points and 238 penalty minutes in 176 career games, all with San Jose. He was originally selected in the fourth round of the 1998 entry draft by the Sharks and had spent his entire NHL career in San Jose.
Davison adds toughness and grit on defense for the Isles, something they have been lacking with Brendan Witt and Andy Sutton out of the lineup with injuries. It also may open up the opportunity for the Islanders to trade one of their defensemen in another deal, if one can be made. Veterans Bryan Berard and Marc-Andre Bergeron had been discussed as possibly being available for trades. The trade deadline is at 3:00 ET today.