Detroit Red Wings‘ 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft (#32 overall), 3rd year center Landon Ferraro(29) received his first NHL recall from farm club Grand Rapids Griffins in the final season of his entry level contract.
He skated 13 shifts for 9:45 total minutes on ice, including 1:45 of penalty kill time and :13 on the power play in a 3-2 regulation win over original 6 rivals Toronto Maple Leafs. He also registered a shot on net and left his debut with an even rating.
The 6′ 179 lbs. forward has skated in 190 regular season AHL games scoring 46 goals and 49 assists and added another 5 tallies and 11 helpers on the way to helping the Griffins secure the 2013 Calder Cup Championship.
He may not have the biggest power forward size but he plays a relentless skating style game that gives him scoring opportunities and causes opposing teams to cough up the puck.
The 22-year old son of former hockey great Ray Ferraro (21 years, 1258 games) is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the current campaign.
It seems highly likely he’ll be qualified for another season in the prospect system or even re-upped for two additional seasons.
Original story: 3/19-14
He finished 2013/2014 playing 4 games for the parent club with no points and inked a one-year extension early into restricted free agency.
Even though he was one of the final cuts from training camp, he played almost the entire 2014/2015 campaign in the minors scoring a new career high 27 AHL goals before being recalled for the last three games of the regular season.
Almost a bit oddly he didn’t return to the farm club for their Calder Cup push, because he would have to clear waivers, which was considered risky.
It took little time heading into the summer to re-up for another season and although the soon-to-be 24-year old may start his 5th term with Grand Rapids, he could grab a roster spot or receive a longer look in the show to prove what he can do.