The ninth edition of my prospect profile series examines the latest Red Wing to be re-signed: Landon Ferraro.
Center – Canada – Age 22
6-foot, ~180 pounds – Shoots Right-handed
Drafted 32nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Career Stats (Regular Season Only)
Strengths / Weaknesses
+ Speed, Hockey Awareness, Ray Ferraro
– Strength, Capitalizing on Scoring Chances
Landon Ferraro relies heavily on his instincts to position himself in the right places at the right time with his speed and quickness catching the eyes of scouts in his junior playing days with Red Deer Rebels and Everett Silvertips. However, since joining to the Grand Rapids Griffins, his speed hasn’t given him the type of advantage he saw when playing against WHL’s opponents. The faster-paced AHL game has seen him fall back on his high hockey IQ and father’s work ethic to stay productive.
The shortlist of improvements that need to be made for Ferraro to make the next step include becoming a more consistent threat on offense by finishing off scoring chances and bulking up to win more critical one-on-one battles. It’s a work a progress, but he is slowly running out of time. He recently signed a 1-year, two-way contract extension having completed his third season with Griffins this past spring.
- Maxime Talbot (Colorado Avalanche)
- Valtteri Filppula (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- Darren Helm (Detroit Red Wings)
From a size, speed, and talent perspective these three guys match the type of game Ferraro could bring to table when fully developed. There are three flaws in making the comparisons between these skaters and Ferraro.
- They all shoot left-handed.
- They all have better offensive game than I expect Landon to reach.
- They all have around 20 more pounds of muscle to throw around.
The first point doesn’t have any impact, but points 2 and 3 are the reason why Ferraro is struggling to make and then stay in the NHL.
RedWingsCentral.com: #12 rated Red Wings’ prospect
Hockey’sFuture.com: Potential 3rd or 4th line forward
Spot on. Not much to add really except Ferraro is on a short leash. These evaluations will either hold true or fall flat by the end of this season.
As mentioned before Landon Ferraro recently signed a 1-year, two-way contract and will get his opportunity to make the Red Wings’ roster coming out of preseason training camp. The odds are he isn’t going to make it with Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, and Riley Sheahan filling up the four center positions.
This will force him to start the season in Grand Rapids, but because it’s his 4th season in the AHL, he is not exempt from waivers. Meaning if Ferraro is eventually called up to Detroit during the season, he can’t be sent back down to Grand Rapids unless he clears waivers.
If anything this will be an interesting scenario to watch unfold as the season progresses.
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