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.

 

Talent Analysis

Ferland plays the power forward role with his puck patience around the net and quick accurate release. The 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.

 

Future

Ferland starts the 2013-14 season on a new page. Last year, the forward had an up and down season, which ended on a positive note with Ferland playing for the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) and rediscovering his scoring touch. The Manitoba native saw time playing last season in the AHL, ECHL, and WHL, as he was struggling to find his game. However this season Ferland has entered with a positive mindset and outlook, and finds himself in Abbotsford as the season begins.

 

Sven Baertschi maintains status as Calgary Flames’ top prospect

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Photo: T.J. Brodie turned in a strong debut with the Calgary Flames in 2011-12, but the lockout will keep the offensively-minded blueliner in the AHL for the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

 
The Calgary Flames prospect pool appears to be on the upswing. A blue-chip prospect on the verge of NHL stardom like Sven Baertschi will do that for an organization, of course, but there are also a handful of prospects who earned NHL experience during the club's 2011-12 campaign. The organization boasts several high-upside prospects developing at lower levels of play as well, giving the Flames as strong a pipeline as they have had in recent years.

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