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Ferraro rounding into an ‘NHL prospect’

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10 a.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Landon Ferraro

Landon Ferraro (Credit: Mark Newman)

A half-dozen Grand Rapids Griffins have graced the Detroit Red Wings roster already this season, but one of their best will have to wait for his turn.

Second-year pro Landon Ferraro has been one of the driving forces behind the Griffins’ run to the top of the American Hockey League’s Midwest Division, playing in all situations while sitting third in team scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 47 games.

Just 21, Ferraro — who has missed the past two games with an injury — is starting to look like the player who was ranked a consensus first-rounder back in his draft year back in 2009.

“Landon’s certainly been a big part of our team and any success we’ve had,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “Landon plays in all situations — five-on-five, power play, penalty kill and last minute, up a goal and down a goal, and that speaks to the versatility in his game.”

The Red Wings drafted Ferraro in the second round, 32nd overall, in 2009 after trading down from 29th. They got an extra pick in that deal to take Andrej Nestrasil at No. 75. At the time, Ferraro was coming off a 37-goal WHL campaign with the Red Deer Rebels and was ranked as high as 17th overall by International Scouting Service.

The next two seasons, he dealt with a number of injuries and struggled to score, producing just 73 points in his final 94 major junior games.

But he immediately got on track with the Griffins, scoring nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 56 games as a rookie in 2011-12 before seizing a key role this season.

“Landon has a great asset of speed and a great ability to shoot the puck,” Blashill said. “As he continues to build his game, and we’ll continue to talk about doing everything right every shift, I really believe he becomes an NHL prospect.”

Blashill said he has been impressed with Ferraro’s ability to “self-create” offense as well as play both centre and wing. Ferraro, who has always had good hockey sense, is also mastering the finer details of playing smart defensive hockey.

“He’s working hard to become that well-rounded player and understanding that that’s going to give him his best chance of playing in the NHL, to be somebody counted on offensively and defensively,” Blashill said.

NOTES: The Griffins have won 29 of 49 games (29-16-2-2) and have 62 points, third in the Western Conference … Griffins forwards Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, defensemen Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff and goaltender Petr Mrazek have all played for the Red Wings this season. “I feel real happy for those guys that they’ve been able to go up and do a real good job,” Blashill said. “Real excited for those guys.” … Tatar is making a strong case to stay in Detroit for good. He’s been all over the ice while averaging 12:03 per game and scoring two goals and two assists. “I don’t know how long (his production is) going to last, but as long as it lasts, we’ll keep riding it,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. “Maybe he’s one of those guys who just decides he wants to be a Red Wing and he’s going to take someone’s job.” It certainly looks that way … Not to be outdone is Lashoff, fourth among Red Wings defensemen with 18:38 of ice time per game along with 17 hits and 18 blocked shots. Nobody saw that coming … Nyquist has been re-added to the statistical watch as a result of his extended stay in Grand Rapids … Forward Rasmus Bodin, the Red Wings’ final-round sleeper pick last June, is back at Sweden’s third level with Tranas. He’s battled knee and back injuries and had some “adaptation issues” with HV-71 at the J-20 SuperElit level, according to Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson. “He’s struggling,” Andersson said. “There’s no other way to put it. But he’s got one more year to show something.”

Following is this week’s statistical report.


Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL PRO 48 17 28 45 24 +8 140
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 47 16 17 33 31 -1 100
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 10 17 27 55 +1 84
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 32 3 6 9 35 +7 35
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 2 4 6 23 +4 38
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 44 19 20 39 44 +13 147
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 46 6 15 21 26 +3 59
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL PRO 9 1 1 2 5 +3 7
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL PRO 30 3 5 8 36 +1 51
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 47 14 12 26 25 +12 73
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 40 1 4 5 40 -1 54
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 44 8 7 15 82 +3 73
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 47 6 7 13 16 -3 64
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 18 1 2 3 23 0 12
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL PRO 45 20 21 41 12 +3 198
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL PRO 40 11 30 41 26 +17 113
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL PRO 10 0 0 0 8 +5 11
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL PRO 3 2 2 4 2 -1 14
Raedeke, Brent Toledo ECHL PRO 2 1 0 1 0 -2 5
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 30 3 20 23 12 +9 45
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 30 5 8 13 14 +8 50
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL/JR-A USHL 32 2 14 16 246 +12 49
De Haas, James Penticton USHL/JR-A BCHL 47 5 18 23 19
Frk, Martin Halifax CHL QMJHL 43 25 38 63 72 +24 132
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand CHL QMJHL 40 9 27 36 38 +15 134
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville CHL QMJHL 54 12 18 30 52 +2 111
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie CHL OHL 39 18 40 58 35 +5
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie CHL OHL 55 24 33 57 28 +13
Quine, Alan Belleville CHL OHL 42 15 37 52 18 +1
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver CHL WHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current CHL WHL 60 5 18 23 87 -13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 48 12 25 37 12 -4 129
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 46 1 20 21 30 +8 56
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 52 13 19 32 43 +3 232
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 44 4 5 9 6 -2 46
Bodin, Rasmus Tranas EUR SWE-3 6 0 3 3 0 -5
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 EUR-JR SWE-J20 13 0 1 1 10 -1 11


Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 42 21 15 4 1 3.48 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 21 12 8 1 2 2.81 .898
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.32 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 25 16 7 1 1 2.26 .916
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 23 13 7 2 2 2.57 .908
  1. ryan says:

    Glad to see Ferraro really put in the hard work to improve his game. All that speed and great shot are nice, but he’s really developed himself into a bit of a grinder. Would like to see him continue to put on weight and maybe play at 195 lbs or so.

    I think of everything he’s been able to do this year, there was a game earlier this season where Adam Almqvist was getting roughed up by Kyle Beach and Landon jumped in to take a beating to protect Adam. Loved that.

  2. ScottD says:

    Glad to see Ferraro picking it up. We will definitely need him to keep producing. Question I have is what line forward or center will he be? I would think third but I could be wrong.

  3. ScottD says:

    Wow! Both Frk and Quine had hatricks tonight. That is awesome. Let’s hope they can bring some of that to the Wings.

  4. John P. says:

    Ferraro has finally gotten over his injuries and starting to show why he was a high draft pick. My question is where would he fit on the Wings, now or in the near future, I just don’t see room for yet another small skilled forward. You can only have so many small guys on your team. The Wings are in desperate need of some size and grit.

  5. Rick says:

    they should have him on the wing next year alongside Helm.

  6. Shawn says:

    6’0″ isn’t big, but certainly isn’t small. He is still putting on weight, so I wouldn’t consider his size an issue at the end of the day. I expected he’d have a better year this year and he has, but he’ll need at least another year in GR to let him peak at this level. He’d better keep his nose to the grindstone though, by the end of next year Sheahan and Jurco will be pushing up the depth chart pretty hard. And they both have noticeable size and skills…

    I will agree with Rick on one thing though, I’d expect he’d be a third liner in Detroit and I’d expect he’d play well with Helm.

    Wow, is Sproul taking off or what!? He’s scoring at the same pace as Frk… as a defenseman! And he’s big!

  7. YVR says:

    IMO, Sproul has the highest upside of any (including Ouellet and Jurco) Wing prospect currently in the system. With the lackluster dmen the Wings currently have in the big time, I doubt Sproul spends more than one year in GR. Doubt Ferraro has a future in Detroit for reasons stated above but will more than likely be packaged in a trade and will get a crack at the NHL in another organisation.

  8. RW19 says:

    Have to agree that Sproul could/should probably be the No. 1 prospect and most untouchable guy in the organization. Watching highlights, it even looks like he has grown taller and SSM broadcasters say he is at 200 pounds.Hard to say how the defensive side of his game will be after one year in the AHL, but based on all the defensemen contracts endingin 2014-15, there is a good chance he might be in Detroit at age 22. They certainly don’t have any other guys who can shoot like him and who do it from the right side.

    Dark horse to make it there with him: Nick Jensen, just a steady, calm, low risk kind of player. Can’t wait to see what he can do in the AHL.

    As for Ferraro, my best guess is he can be another Helm type, but maybe with more skills? He has 3rd line written all over him. Here again I think the ace up his sleeve is his RH shot and the fact many contracts will be running out by the time he is ready, which could be next year. Quick Launch

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