OIlers add experience on the blueline

Western Wheel Monday Jan 22, 2016  By:  Remy Greer


The best offence is a good defence.

The Okotoks Oilers took an unconventional approach to addressing their goal scoring issues with the acquisition of elite offensive defenceman Jordan Davies in a three-player trade with the Nipawin Hawks on trade deadline day.

“For a team that really struggles offensively typically your first answer is to go and get an offensive forward,” said Oilers head coach/GM James Poole. “We felt this was one to go and tackle the issue is to add another offensive defenceman that can really help our powerplay and our five-on-five play.

“He's a player that really moves the puck very well. Our transition game hasn't been as good as we would like and we think (Davies) can really help that area of our game.”
Okotoks sits 10th in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with 132 goals for and boasts the fourth-ranked powerplay.

The 19-year-old defenceman has a proven track record of putting up points from the blueline. Davies had seven goals and 20 points in 29 games with the Whitecourt Wolverines this season prior to being traded to Nipawin in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Dec. 1. In 133 games over three seasons in Whitecourt, the Sherwood Park native has registered 24 goals and 68 points. Davies also suited up in seven games with the WHL's Tri-City Americans in 2013-14.