2008-09: After playing youth hockey in the Jacksonville Barracudas youth program, Brian Ferlin skated with the Jacksonville Ice Dogs in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League’s Southern Division. In 38 games, he scored 45 goals with 44 assists. Ferlin participated in the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival and was selected to the USA squad for the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He committed to attend Cornell University in 2011-12.
2009-10: As a 17-year old rookie, Ferlin played in 57 games for the veteran-dominated Indiana Ice (USHL). With a limited role for much of the season, Ferlin scored 6 goals with 10 assists and was -5 plus-minus with 36 PMs as he made the adjustment to junior hockey. The Ice, after finished third in the East Division, defeated Cedar Rapids in the first playoff round before falling to Green Bay in four games in a best-of-five series. In eight playoff games, Ferlin scored 1 goal with 2 assists.
2010-11: Ferlin, playing on a line with Devils’ prospect Blake Coleman and dynamic Russian import Daniil Tarasov, was one of the USHL’s top scorers in his second season with the Ice. In 55 regular season games, he scored 25 goals with 48 assists and was +26. He was especially dangerous on the power play, scoring 12 times with the man-advantage. The Ice, who lead the USHL with 237 goals scored, once again finished third in the East Division. After sweeping a first-round two-game series, Indiana fell to the Green Bay Gamblers in the second round playoffs in three straight. In five playoff games, Ferlin scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -2 with 4 PMs. Drafted by Boston in the 4th round (121st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Ferlin was invited to the USA Hockey U-20 summer camp in Lake Placid.
2011-12: Ferlin got his college career off to a great start in his freshman year before suffering a season-ending injury in early February. After making a big impression at USA Hockey’s U20 summer evaluation camp, he skated in 26 games for the Big Red. Playing primarily on Cornell’s second line along with junior Greg Miller he scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was plus-15 with 30 penalty minutes. Cornell finished second in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large NCAA bid after winning the league’s third place game. Ferlin was named the ECAC Hockey rookie of the year.
2012-13: Ferlin skated in 34 games for Cornell in his sophomore year. After getting off to a slow start, he was a big part of the Big Red’s late season surge. Cornell finished tied for ninth in ECAC Hockey but was 4-1-1 in its final six regular season games and pushed first place Quinnipiac to three games in the conference quarterfinals after sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series. Ferlin scored 5 of his 10 goals after March 1st, including two goals in the Big Red’s 3-2 win over Quinnipiac in the first game of their series. He finished the year with 14 assists and was +10 with 55 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Ferlin was the leading scorer for Cornell University as a junior in his final season of college hockey. He scored 13 goals with 14 assists and was +3 with 26 penalty minutes. The Big Red finished fourth in ECAC Hockey and defeated Clarkson in a three-game quarterfinal series before falling to eventual national champion Union, 5-2, in the ECAC Hockey semifinals. Ferlin signed a two-year entry-level contract with Boston in April 2014.
Ferlin has an impressive combination of size and skill. Despite growing up in a non-traditional hockey area, he has developed into a prospect through hard work and determination. While no one area of his game stick out, his physical development, technical skills, and understanding of tactical play are all pluses.
While he may not have the same offensive output against bigger, more skilled defenders at the NHL level, Ferlin’s effort, size and strength, and attention to detail seem well-suited to a shutdown forward role in the long run. He appeared in his first seven NHL games last year and scored his first point. Ferlin will be at training camp this fall, but still has to prove he can contribute regularly and kick things up a notch in order to earn a longer look in Boston.