Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported this hour that the B’s have put in a successful waiver claim for winger Landon Ferraro, who was put on the wire by the Detroit Red Wings yesterday.
The 24-year-old was Detroit’s top choice, 32nd overall (in the early second round) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft out of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. He is, as most already know, the son of former NHL forward and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, who owns the single season WHL goal scoring record of 108 goals in 72 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1983-84.
The younger Ferraro came out of junior (Red Deer and the Everett Silver Tips) with the reputation for having good speed and puck skills/shot- he scored 37 goals in his draft season but injuries derailed him in subsequent years and he never again approached that mark. He scored 27 goals in 70 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins a season ago and netted his first NHL marker against Carolina last spring. In 10 games this year with the Wings, he had no points. In 17 career NHL games, he has just the one goal.
Here’s a quick excerpt on him from Red Line Report’s 2009 Draft Guide:
Rank: 38 “Has the ability to score in a variety of ways- off the rush with a solo effort, near the circles with a 1-timer, or jumping on rebounds outside the crease. Terrific shooting accuracy and a super-quick release. Has tremendous hand/eye coordination to tip and deflect shots for goals. Excellent hockey sense allows him to be in the right place for scoring chances.”
This is not a bad move to try and see if Ferraro can benefit from a change of scenery and help Boston in the process. He’s a smart, offensively gifted player but on the downside, is average size-wise and doesn’t excel in playing a 200-foot game. In that regard, he’s an atypical Bruins player. Well, hold the phone on that, maybe…
Given that he was the 32nd overall player in 2009 (taken seven spots after Jordan Caron and one pick ahead of Ryan O’Reilly), he’s worth a roll of the dice as a waiver claim. What this means in terms of who goes down is yet to be determined, but Max Talbot might be headed back to Providence.
Here’s an interview with Ferraro during Wings camp a few months ago: