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Landon Ferraro Profile

Landon Ferraro
Ht/Wt: 5' 11"/165 lbs
Position: RW
Team: Red Deer (WHL)

Landon Ferraro's Player Profile

Landon Ferraro both benefits and suffers from his heritage: high expectations are placed upon him because of the great NHL success of his father, Ray, but he also exhibits the skills and natural talents that come from a parent who played hockey at its highest level for many seasons. While there is no chance of matching his father’s 108 goals in a single WHL season performance due to a change in the style of game being played today, he certainly has offensive gifts of his own. Landon is a big player in a small body; he’s still growing, but at 5’11”, 168 lbs., he finds himself moved to the latter half of the first round of the draft. He also suffers for playing on a rebuilding team; the Red Deer Rebels are a team in transition and despite the departure of Coach Sutter for the NHL, the new coach has kept the playbook and the team plays a neutral zone-clogging game. This has forced Landon to learn skills that don’t necessarily compliment his playing style, but will serve him well in the long run.

Landon’s speed is his calling card; he has an effortless stride and can appear out of nowhere. While he doesn’t display an NHL-calibre overdrive gear like Scott Glennie, he can move just as quickly. He also benefits from a decent “hockey IQ”; his instincts put him in places where he doesn’t need to accelerate quite as quickly. However, he often finds himself arriving a bit too early at times due to the inexperience or inability of his teammates to match him. Also sees plenty of action on special teams; his speed is an asset to Red Deer’s penalty kill. Will go into the corners and can get feisty when necessary, although this is not his greatest strength; his smallish frame allows him to be taken off the puck from time to time. The coaches have helped him be a much more effective and tenacious puck battler this season.

Landon does display a goal-scorer’s natural ability: he accounts for over 22% of the team’s goal output. Some of the things he can do with the puck cannot be taught. He would greatly benefit from either a change of scenery or an upgrade in linemates who can feed him when he appears in the slot. Projects as a similar style player as his father, Ray, but is learning the defensive aspects of the game at a much younger age. This may reduce his scoring output at the NHL level, but benefit him in the long run by giving him added versatility. He will likely find a home on an NHL second line and see frequent special teams duty. He could be a late first-round gem, like Jordan Eberle. His last name may also see him selected earlier than that, ahead of some of the European players available.
Submitted by: Dallas Hicks

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