One of the more pleasant surprises of last month’s Bruins development camp was 2011 fourth-round pick Brian Ferlin.
The 6-foot-1 forward showed a nose for the net and some decent hands and skating ability during his five-day stay at the Bruins’ practice facility in Wilmington, Mass.
This week, he’s been continuing to impress, but this time he’s on the bigger stage of the USA Hockey World Junior Championship team evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Ferlin was a late addition to the camp as a replacement for Brandon Saad, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing extremely well.
Adam Kimelman of NHL.com has been covering the camp all week, and he filed a report today on Ferlin’s performance. Ferlin told Kimelman that the thing he’s working on most right now is shift-to-shift consistency.
He told Kimelman:
“I think that’s a big thing. They’re harping on that a lot in practice, just keep your feet moving. It’s not waiting for the puck, it’s going to the puck, make shorter passes rather than longer ones. Our power play is built off moving the puck quick, so I’m trying to sharpen up my play and move a little faster.”
Head coach Dean Blais praised Ferlin’s skill set.
“It’s just the way he carries the puck and his anticipation. I think he’s got a fair amount of quickness to his game when he’s moving his feet and making plays. He’s a kid that has to engage all the time. Not sure if he’s got a great hockey background. He’s from Florida, and Florida’s not the hotbed of hockey. Parts of his game might be missing like hockey sense, but he’s got skills. He’s got the ability to make the plays and he’s got the ability to make this team.”
Ferlin, who’s scheduled to land at Cornell this fall, might be a long shot to make the U.S. roster for the 2012 WJC. However, the Bruins have to be psyched that his development has taken such long strides in a short time since they drafted him.