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.
2014-15: Ferland bounced back from his knee injury — making his NHL debut in an October 31st game against Nashville. A concussion kept him out of the next eight games and he appeared in 26 regular season games and nine playoff contests for Calgary; shuffling between the Flames and AHL affiliate Adirondack. Ferland scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 16 penalty minutes, averaging 10:31 minutes of ice time in the regular season. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 23 penalty minutes and played 12:33 minutes per game during the playoffs before missing the final two games due to an upper body injury. Ferland scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 30 penalty minutes in 32 AHL games for Adirondack. The Flames missed the playoffs, finishing fourth in the AHL’s North Division.
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 has regained his form while playing with a physical edge.
Ferland signed a two-year contract with the Flames as a restricted free agent in September 2015 and with his play in the 2015 NHL playoffs appears close to securing a two-way role in Calgary. While not likely to put up huge scoring numbers, he has some offensive elements to his game and projects as a strong, two-way forward with a heavy physical component to his game.