Michael Ferland
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Michael Ferland

Hometown:

Swan River Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-04-20

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (133rd overall), 2010

Weight:

208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Michael Ferland scored 45 goals with 40 assists and had 52 PMs in 44 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA team. He also skated in one game for the Beasejour Blades in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

2009-10: Ferland learned from all of his experiences in his rookie season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The solid winger scored nine goals along with 19 assists and a plus 16 rating while taking 85 PIMs (11 fighting majors) in 61 WHL games. Ferland gained from his rookie season to come back next season better conditioned to play on the top two forward lines for Brandon.  The Wheat Kings had a strong playoff push in which Ferland scored three goals with an assist in 15 WHL playoff games. The rookie forward was lucky enough to play for the host team of the 2010 Memorial Cup championships where his team made it past the Calgary Hitmen but lost to the Windsor Spitfires in the finals.

2010-11: Ferland started his second season with the Wheat Kings being forced to undergo knee surgery on October 7, 2010. Ferland’s toughness is already well known, but after recovering from the knee injury, he put his skill on display more often in a solid sophomore season. The physical forward scored 23 goals with 33 assists and a plus three rating while accumulating 110 PIMs (12 fighting majors) in 56 WHL games.  Ferland showed his value in the playoff series as he tied for the team’s lead with four goals. Despite the series-ending game six loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers, the power forward managed to score a hat-trick. Ferland showed his ability to score the big goals all season long including the playoff-clinching win by scoring in overtime.

2011-12: Ferland was the second-leading scorer for WHL Brandon and signed a three-year-entry level contract with the Flames in December 2011. Trailing only Ottawa prospect Mark Stone, who was the WHL’s second-leading scorer with 123 points, Ferland scored 47 goals with 49 assists in his third junior season and was plus-17 with 84 penalty minutes in 68 games. Eighteen of his goals came on the Wheat Kings power play. Brandon finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ferland scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was plus-three with 6 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.

2012-13: Ferland began the season in pro hockey — skating with Flames AHL affiliate Abbotsford and then playing three games in December with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies — before returning to the WHL as an over-age 20-year-old. In seven games with the Heat he had no points and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. Ferland had 1 assist and was -2 with 5 penalty minutes playing for the Grizzlies. He returned to Brandon in late December and skated in four games with the Wheat Kings before being traded to Saskatoon. Ferland clicked playing alongside fellow over-age forward Brenden Walker with the Blades before suffering a late season injury. In 26 games he scored 8 goals with 21 assists and was +25 with 18 penalty minutes. Ferland returned for the four-game playoff series with Medicine Hat and was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Ferland seemed to be hitting his stride with Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford in his first pro season before suffering a knee injury in December that eventually led to season-ending surgery. In 25 games for the Heat he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and was -4 with 31 penalty minutes. The Heat finished second in the West Division before losing to Grand Rapids in a first round series.

Talent Analysis

Ferland plays the power forward role with puck patience around the net and a quick accurate release. The thick and rugged winger can dominate a game with his size or by dropping his gloves when necessary and doesn't shy away from the physical play in both ends of the rink. He will need to continue improving his skating and two-way game to succeed at the professional level. Ferland suffered a serious knee injury in 2013-14 but appears to be returning to form.

Future

Ferland impressed in training camp with the Flames before being assigned to new AHL affiliate Adirondack to start the 2014-15 season. Recalled by Calgary at the end of October, he suffered a concussion in his first game, missing eight games, and played 10 NHL games before being returned to Adirondack in December. Ferland has some offensive elements to his game but projects as a strong, two-way forward with a heavy physical component to his game at the NHL level.

2010 NHL Draft: Calgary Flames grabbed prospects providing current depth

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Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Micheal Ferland arrived as a playoff performer this season after years of paying dues in the organization (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

With their first playoff appearance after just six years removed, the Calgary Flames continue to develop in the right direction with their current system of prospects, coaches and management in place. One bright spot this past season was Micheal Ferland, who was one of six players picked by Calgary in the 2010 NHL Entry draft. Ferland provided a physical presence during the first round of the playoffs, along with timely offensive contributions to help eliminate the Vancouver Canucks.

Along with Ferland, the Flames selected Max Reinhart, John Ramage, and Bill Arnold in the 2010 draft class, which is developing into a hard-working group of prospects that are starting to contribute and make an impact at the NHL level.

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Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Brandon Hickey was on the wrong side of the National Championship but had an outstanding freshman campaign for Boston University (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Brandon Hickey was on the wrong side of the National Championship game but had an outstanding freshman campaign for Boston University (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

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Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Michael Ferland (R) celebrates his first NHL goal in just his second NHL game, a goal that helped the Flames earn a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames couldn’t let their rivals to the north hog all the first NHL goal accolades this week. The Edmonton Oilers had a couple of their youngsters net first goals within a couple days of one another, so the Flames’ Michael Ferland got into the act, as well, as he posted his first – the eventual game-winner – in his team’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Read more»

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Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund is part of the team's solid depth at center. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund is part of the team’s solid depth at center. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

After five seasons of not making the playoffs, the Calgary Flames appear to be on the verge of returning to post-season action. The emergences of Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris have assisted in the drive for the playoffs and are among the top ranking prospects in the system. Meanwhile, the AHL’s Adirondack Flames also find themselves in the playoff hunt with key contributions from Emile Poirier and Joni Ortio. Michael Ferland and Ryan Culkin make their first appearances on the Top 20 list, while Sven Baertschi has graduated from prospect status.

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Photo: Calgary Flame rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau is a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Calgary Flame Johnny Gaudreau is a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

The Calgary Flames continue to move in a positive direction with their rebuild process as their prospects make an impact at the NHL level. The additions of Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris have enhanced the team offensively, while Markus Granlund has provided reliable support in place of injured forwards.

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