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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
RWC Says: Two-Way Center


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

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).

“First of all, you’ve got the hockey history, the bloodlines of his father … 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).

Excellent speed (won the fastest skater competition at the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2009 with a lap of 14.009 seconds … Good hands and finishing ability from the tops of the circles in … Good hand-eye coordination for tips … Pays the price to score … Lots of natural hockey talent thanks to good bloodlines (his dad, Ray Ferraro, scored 400-plus goals in the NHL) … 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.

Drafted as a potential second-line center, it’s not clear whether Ferraro has a good enough offensive touch to fullfil that potential … Not big and doesn’t play a particularly heavy game or with an edge that would make him a more effective third- or fourth-liner at the NHL level.

Although his junior career was a letdown after scoring 37 goals in his draft year, Ferraro has resurrected himself since turning pro. Already a good two-way player, Ferraro’s 47-point campaign as an AHL sophomore was very encouraging, as was his strong play en route to a Calder Cup win with Grand Rapids. He’ll spend one more season on the farm in 2013-14 — possibly getting a look as an NHL call-up — before challenging for full-time duty in Detroit in 2014-15.

Player statistics powered by

 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 68 16 14 30 48 |          

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