#80 (Camp Number) / RW / Boston Bruins
Born: June 3, 1992
2012-2013 Numbers: Cornell: 10-14-24, 34 GP
2012-2013 NHLe: 0.18ppg
Brian Ferlin, a Jacksonville, FL native, was drafted in the fourth round by the Bruins in 2011. After an impressive camp, he went on to Cornell University where, as a freshman, he put up eight goals and 13 assists, good for fifth on the team in scoring - and enough to earn him honors as ECAC rookie of the year. Last year, as a sophomore, he had ten goals and 14 assists, good for second on the Big Red in points. The team had a good run, eventually losing to Quinnipiac in the ECAC quarter-finals.
The combination of Ferlin's size, willingness to go into the corners and throw his body around, and scoring ability have benefitted him up to this point; he was a USHL all-star prior to being drafted by the Bruins, and he was even invited to the USA's U-20 camp two summers ago, along with fellow Bruins prospect Jared Knight.
This should be a big junior year for Ferlin at Cornell; it will be interesting to see if he decides to go pro after this year or waits out another year at Cornell before jumping to Providence.
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(N/A denotes that the player fell outside that individual's Top 25 ranking)
Dan clearly thinks very highly of Ferlin. But, as with Warsofsky, Ferlin is a consensus good prospect; he is, at the very least, on everyone's radar. Ferlin has really impressed onlookers at rookie camp for three years running, now.
Again, as with Lindblad and O'Gara, Ferlin is playing in the ECAC, historically the weakest of the college conferences (Yale's magical NCAA Championship run notwithstanding.) It's a little hard to get a read on exactly how well projects, because he's not playing against the best of the best competition. His NHLe is low at 0.18. Getting him onto a strong Providence squad at the end of this season should really tell us what we need to know about whether or not he can translate his currently-excellent game to a level that matters.
For now, though, we know he can score really neat goals:
Boston-based Bruins fans' best chance to see Ferlin in action this season will be January 17, when the Big Red come to Cambridge to take on Harvard. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, Red Hot Hockey against Boston University is this year, at Madison Square Garden....hint hint.