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LANDON FERRARO
Landon Ferraro
Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’0” / 179 lbs.
Birthdate: August 8, 1991
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
Acquired: Detroit’s first choice (32nd overall) in the 2009 draft
CSS Ranking: 18th North American skater (2009)
Contract: 2014 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Role Player

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2008-09 Top Prospects Game (Team Cherry)
  • 2008-09 Top Prospects Game fastest skater (14.009 seconds)

HISTORY
2006-07:
  • Drafted second overall in 2006 WHL bantam draft by Red Deer.
  • Spent most of 2006-07 season in British Columbia’s midget ranks.
  • Also got into four WHL games with Red Deer but didn’t record a point.
2007-08
  • Stepped in and had a solid WHL rookie season with Red Deer (54-13-11-14, minus-24).
  • Red Deer was the second-worst team in the WHL, winning just 18 of 72 games.
  • Represented Team Pacific at the world under-17 challenge (6-2-2-4).
2008-09
  • Led Red Deer (WHL) in scoring by a wide margin (68-37-18-55-99, minus-23).
  • Red Deer won just 25 of 72 games and had the second-worst offense in the WHL.
  • Tied for ninth in WHL goal-scoring, second only to Evander Kane among 1991-born players.
  • Represented Canada at world under-18 championship (5-2-2-4, plus-4, nine shots).
  • Ranked as a first-rounder for NHL draft (26th TSN, 17th ISS, 38th RLR).
  • Red Wings traded down (29th to 32nd) and grabbed Ferraro early in second round.
2009-10
  • Returned to Red Deer for his third full WHL season but suffered knee injury in second game.
  • Missed 19 of Red Deer’s first 36 games, spending almost two weeks doing no activity at all.
  • Seemed to find his game in January, enjoying a terrific 20-game stretch (20-9-16-25).
  • Couldn’t put it together on consistent basis and finished fourth in team scoring (53-16-30-46).
  • Went scoreless in three playoff games and was a healthy scratch in Red Deer’s final game.
  • Signed amateur tryout contract and finished season in AHL with Grand Rapids (2-0-0-0).
2010-11
  • Traded from Red Deer to Everett prior to the WHL season and named Silvertip’ captain.
  • Returned to WHL for fourth WHL season but struggled through early January (31-5-11-16).
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings on Nov. 2.
  • Broke out during six-game stint in January (6-4-5-9) before being felled by a sports hernia.
  • Returned after surgery and finished with 27 points in 41 games (41-10-17-27) overall.
  • Held scoreless in three of four post-season games (4-0-3-3).
2011-12
  • Appeared in three NHL pre-season games with Red Wings (3-0-0-0, minus-2, three shots).
  • Stepped into AHL with Grand Rapids and earned depth role (56-9-11-20, minus-6, 87 shots).
  • Finished second to Gustav Nyquist among Grand Rapids rookies in scoring.
  • Missed time with several injuries, including an early-season concussion.
  • Didn’t enjoy prolonged offensive success; best stretch came in November (10-4-3-7).
2012-13
  • Emerged as a top player for Grand Rapids as AHL sophomore.
  • Finished third in team scoring (72-24-23-47, plus-6, 156 shots, 8 PPG).
  • Finished fourth in team scoring en route to Calder Cup (24-5-11-16, even, 46 shots).
2013-14
  • Appeared in two NHL pre-season games (2-0-0-0, minus-1, one shot, 9:48 ATOI).
  • Fractured his right foot in training camp, forcing him to miss first four games of AHL season.
  • Enjoyed a decent first half given the injury he sustained (41-11-13-24).
  • Really struggled offensively in the second half from Jan. 31 on (29-4-3-7).
  • Overall offensive numbers regressed from sophomore campaign (70-15-16-31, minus-3, 195 shots).
  • Recalled to make his NHL debut on March 18 and played four games (4-0-0-0, even, two shots, 8:59 ATOI).
  • Struggled to produce in AHL playoffs, missing one game to injury (9-1-2-3, minus-4, 15 shots).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s got good offensive skills and he competes hard. He just has to get stronger … He’s just a solid all-around player … If everything works out the way you project, you hope he’s going to be a second-line forward. He’s got the head and the hands.” — Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill (June 2009) … “Landon’s certainly been a big part of our team and any success we’ve had. 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.” — Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (February 2013) … “He did a real good job (on the penalty kill). I like his speed. He’s got to get stronger, but he’s quick.” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (March 2014, MLive.com).

STRENGTHS
Excellent speed (won the fastest skater competition at the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2009 with a lap of 14.009 seconds … Skating ability helps him generate plenty of chances … Has a good shot and likes to use it … Good hand-eye coordination for tips … Competitive … Hard worker … Plays all three forward positions … Good on faceoffs … Has improved his defensive game, something scouts considered a weakness in his draft year … Does a good job killing penalties … Good bloodlines (his dad, Ray Ferraro, scored 400-plus goals in the NHL) and it shows in his all-around hockey sense … Developing more of a physical edge as a pro, including a yapping, agitating component that was previously untapped, something that will help him make it as a third- and fourth-line NHLer.

WEAKNESSES
Drafted as a potential second-line center, but it’s looking less and less likely he has the offensive touch to realize that … Doesn’t capitalize enough on the chances his foot-speed creates for him … Not big by NHL standards and doesn’t play a particularly heavy game … Needs to show he has the edge and ability to win battles in order to make the NHL as a third- or fourth-liner.

PROJECTION
Although his junior career was a letdown after scoring 37 goals in his draft year, Ferraro resurrected himself in three AHL seasons. A good two-way player for Grand Rapids, Ferraro fell short of expectations from a statistical perspective in 2013-14. That said, he earned a brief NHL call-up late in the season and will be among a group of prospects fighting for a roster spot in 2014-15. If he doesn’t make the Red Wings, he’ll require waivers to return to the AHL.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2005-2006 Burnaby Winter Club Mdgt A1-T1 Midget - - - - - |          
 2006-2007 Vancouver NW Giants BCMML 25 21 13 34 77 |          
  Red Deer Rebels WHL 4 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2007-2008 Red Deer Rebels WHL 54 13 11 24 65 |          
  Canada Pacific U17 WHC-17 6 2 2 4 6 |          
 2008-2009 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 37 18 55 99 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 5 2 2 4 2 |          
 2009-2010 Red Deer Rebels WHL 53 16 30 46 55 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2010-2011 Everett Silvertips WHL 41 10 17 27 51 | Playoffs 4 0 3 3 13 
 2011-2012 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 56 9 11 20 47 |          
 2012-2013 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 72 24 23 47 44 | Playoffs 24 5 11 16 11 
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 15 16 31 52 | Playoffs 9 1 2 3
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - - - |          

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