World Juniors Begin, Ferland Back to Brandon?

Ryan Pike
December 27 2012 10:02AM

The World Juniors kicked off on Wednesday in Ufa, Russia and Flames players performed rather well in their first games. Meanwhile, it seems like a Flames pro prospect might return to his junior squad.

So Far So good

Finland beat Latvia by a 5-1 score. Flames prospect Markus Granlund scored a power-play goal. He won 69% of the face-offs he took and was on the ice for two power-play goals scored by his team. All-in-all, a fine performance.

Later on, Canada trounced Germany 9-3. Defender Tyler Wotherspoon scored the ever-important ninth goal and was generally defensively responsible during the contest. Wotherspoon was on the ice for one German goal (a power-play marker late in the first) and for one Canadian goal, the one that he scored late in the third. He had three shots on net, all in the third period.

The United States opens their tournament on this morning at 7am MT against Germany. TSN has the broadcast and will replay it during the day.

REPORT: FERLAND BACK TO BRANDON

Meanwhile, reports out of Brandon over the holiday season have seen former Wheat King Michael Ferland possibly returning to his former junior team.

It's being reported (most notably by the voice of the Wheat Kings, Bruce Luebke) that Ferland's agent and the Flames are in discussions to return Ferland to the WHL for the balance of the season. He's only 20 and is eligible to play in the Dub, and the Wheaties would be given an allotment of time to make room for him on their roster.

Ferland's split this year between Abbotsford and Utah of the ECHL and hasn't really gotten his pro footing yet. Abbotsford has more experienced bottom-six energy guys on their roster, most notably Carter Bancks, and the emergence of guys like Tyler Ruegsegger and Brett Olson as complementary guys has pushed Ferland to the ECHL. And recently the Utah Grizzlies have had a roster crunch, with the additions of locked-out NHLers Trevor Lewis and Colby Armstrong makes it tough for them to weave the untested Ferland into their plans.

As long as the lockout persists and Abbotsford and Utah are both packed with bodies, moving back to the WHL is probably the best bet for a young player that needs ice-time to develop.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#1 Bean-counting cowboy
December 27 2012, 03:18PM
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So how does Gaudreau not end up on the scoresheet in a game where the team scores 8 goals?

Is he playing on the 4th line or something? I didn't get a chance to see the game.

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#2 ChinookArch
December 27 2012, 10:54AM
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Nice to hear Ferland will get some more ice time, but that kid really needs to light up the Dub if he wants a chance a the NHL.

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#3 SmellOfVictory
December 27 2012, 12:29PM
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I guess there was the expectation that Ferland might take a little longer to get where he needs to be (if he were to make the NHL), but it's not exactly an encouraging sign when a guy goes back to Junior for an overage year.

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#4 Kent Wilson
December 27 2012, 01:13PM
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@SmellOfVictory

No. The overstuffed AHL rosters thanks to the lock-out has a bit to do with it, but still it's surprising to see his best option is back to junior.

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#5 jeremywilhelm
December 27 2012, 04:40PM
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@ChinookArch

He's already lit up the WHL to the tune of 49 goals. What more is he gonna do?

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#6 Greg S
December 27 2012, 05:49PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

He's already lit up the WHL to the tune of 49 goals. What more is he gonna do?

Light it up without Mark Stone on his line

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#7 ChinookArch
December 27 2012, 06:24PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

He's already lit up the WHL to the tune of 49 goals. What more is he gonna do?

I suppose I should have added "again".

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#8 Kent Wilson
December 27 2012, 06:35PM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

He's on the second line and had a number of opportunities, including a chance where he danced around a guy and his shot hit the cross bar.

Just bad luck he didn't end up on the scoresheet.

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#9 Baalzamon
December 27 2012, 11:17PM
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@Kent Wilson

actually, Gaudreau - Miller - Grimaldi is considered the US's 1st line for some reason, in spite of the notable handicap of not having Galchenyuk on it.

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#10 Baalzamon
December 27 2012, 11:18PM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

he also had 5 shots on goal.

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#11 Kent Wilson
December 28 2012, 09:19AM
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@Baalzamon

I know that's how TSN reported it, but from what Is saw, the Galchenyuk line was the actual first line. They started every period and they were the first PP unit.

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