The Bruins obviously hold academics in high regard when it comes to the draft.
One day after using their first-round pick to take OHL Scholastic Player of the Year Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins today used their fourth-round pick on Cornell-bound forward Brian Ferlin.
Ferlin, who’s 19 and was passed over in last year’s draft, skated the last two seasons for the Indiana Ice of the USHL after coming up through the ranks in his native Jacksonville, Fla. (That is not a misprint — Jacksonville, Fla.)
Last season, he busted out with 73 points (25 goals) in 55 games for the ice. At 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, he obviously has the size to be a factor down the road. His Ivy League pedigree should help him get by as well. If Ferlin can become another Byron Bitz, the last Bruins player from Cornell, Boston will surely have gotten decent value with the last pick of the fourth round (121 overall).
He’s the first graduate of the Junior Everblades program in Florida to get drafted, as the Naples News explains.