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.
Ferlin is a long-term prospect for the Bruins who no doubt were most impressed by his combination of size and skill. Despite growing up in a non-traditional hockey area, Ferlin is a product of the Hockey International program in Jacksonville, in which he was training since age eleven. According to one Jacksonville coach, he is "an extremely hard worker" and, while he has no specific area that immediately impresses, his physical development, technical skills, and understanding of tactical play are all pluses. He should continue to develop at the college level.
Ferlin attended the USA U-20 tryout camp this summer and had a breakout performance. He produced offensively, he was responsible defensively, he played physical and moved his feet. Ferlin actually made it past every cut, outlasting several more heralded prospects. He heads to Cornell in the fall to begin his collegiate career.