Landon Ferraro
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Landon Ferraro


Burnaby British Columbia

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2nd round (32nd overall), 2009


170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Landon Ferraro was the leading scorer for the Red Deer Rebels in his second WHL season and skated for Canada at the 2009 U18 World Junior Championship. Playing on a Rebels team that finished last in the Central Division, missing the WHL playoffs, he scored  37 goals with 18 assists and was minus-23 with 99 penalty minutes in 68 games. He skated in 5 of 6 games for Canada at the U18 WJC, scoring 2 goals with 2 assists, and was plus-four with 2 penalty minutes. Canada won its first four games but finished fourth after losing to the USA in the semifinals and Finland in the bronze medal game. Ranked 18th amongst North American prospects in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Ferraro was selected by Detroit in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Ferraro made his pro hockey debut as a 19-year old; appearing in two April games with AHL Grand Rapids following his WHL season with the Rebels. He was scoreless with no penalty minutes and recorded two shots on goal in his brief stint with the Griffins. Missing time early in the season for Red Deer due to a knee injury, Ferraro scored 16 goals with 30 assists in 53 games and was minus-18 with 55 penalty minutes. The much-improved Rebels made the WHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Central Division. Ferraro played in 3 of the 4 games in the series with Saskatoon and was scoreless and minus-two with 2 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Ferraro endured a difficult final season in junior hockey after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in November 2010. Traded to Everett over the summer and named team captain, he got off to a slow start offensively. After getting hot in January he suffered a sports hernia injury. He finished the season with 10 goals and 17 assists in 41 games and was minus-one with 51 penalty minutes. Everett made the playoffs after finishing fourth in the U.S. Division. Ferraro had 3 assists and was minus-two with 13 penalty minutes in the four-game series with Portland.

2011-12: Ferraro had a solid, if not spectacular, first season of pro hockey playing in the AHL as a 20-year-old. Playing a sound, two-way game, he scored 9 goals with 11 assists and was minus-six with 47 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Red Wings’ affiliate Grand Rapids. He did not see any post-season action as the Griffins failed to make the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division.

2012-13: Ferraro was the third-leading scorer for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his second pro season. He scored a team-high 24 goals with 23 assists in 72 games and was +6 with 44 penalty minutes. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Ferraro scored 5 goals with 11 assists in 24 playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 11 penalty minutes.

 2013-14: Ferraro made his NHL debut with Detroit in a March 18th game against the Maple Leafs — skating in four late season games with the Red Wings — spending most of the season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He had no points and an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes with Detroit. Ferraro scored 15 goals with 16 assists and was -3 with 52 penalty minutes in 70 games for Grand Rapids. The Griffins finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ferraro scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was tendered a qualifying offer by Detroit and re-signed to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014.

2014-15: Ferraro was the second-leading goal scorer for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids behind Teemu Pulkkinen in his fourth pro season. The Griffins and Rockford were the top two teams in the Midwest Division.

Talent Analysis

Ferraro is the son of former NHL player Ray Ferraro, He is well schooled on what it takes to be a professional hockey player and is a leader on and off the ice. Intelligent and articulate, he was one of the fastest players available for the 2009 NHL Draft. He is a shooter first and foremost, though he can make plays to set up teammates. Ferraro is a tenacious forward and does not quit on plays. He is not big but is strong and likes to battle for position in front of the net but has a knack for getting open in the slot too.


Ferraro spent his fourth season with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2014-15. He has steadily developed his two-way game and topped the 25-goal mark for the first time in his pro career. Long-term his high end potential appears limited but his work ethci and competitiveness suggest he can be valuable in a lower line role at the NHL level one day.  

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