Micheal Ferland is not any stranger to Vancouver.
Rogers Enviornment was residence to one in every of his earliest NHL recollections, the second he realized his profession was solely simply starting. He and the Calgary Flames have been taking over the Canucks through the 2015 postseason. In that sequence, the Manitoba native recorded 4 factors in six video games, together with two objectives and an help in a 7-Four series-clinching victory in Sport 6.
“That was kind of when I got my foot in the door in the NHL. I remember being wide-eyed . . . how beautiful the city was and the atmosphere in that building was always pretty exciting,” Ferland mentioned Wednesday on a convention name with reporters.
Quick-forward 4 years, and Ferland is again on that stage however getting ready to play for the opposite aspect after signing a four-year cope with the Canucks that carries an annual cap hit of $3.5 million.
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His choice, which got here 9 days after the beginning of free company, was straightforward – particularly with regard to his household, which maybe performed the largest position.
“They’ve got a great young and up-and-coming team, great players . . . I think for my style, that’s a team I could fit in [with] nicely,” Ferland instructed Sporting Information. “They’re a young team still, and at the end of the day, me and my wife thought that was the best fit for us and that’s what we chose. . . . She’s super excited and so am I. She really wanted to go to Vancouver.”
Identified for his bodily model of play, the 6-1, 217-pound left winger will convey pace and aggressiveness, two attributes which have made him a fan favourite. He additionally has integrated extra offense into his recreation over the past two seasons, posting back-to-back 40-point campaigns.
He had 17 objectives, 40 factors and 182 hits in 71 video games this previous season with the Carolina Hurricanes and was instrumental in serving to the crew make the playoffs for the primary time in a decade. He recorded one help within the postseason, the place he was restricted to only seven video games due to damage.
“When I first came into the league, I was a bottom-six checker and got pucks deep. Over the last few years, I’ve established I can play with high-end players and play with good skill guys also,” Ferland mentioned, including, “I got a style that I play and I think I’m at my best when I’m physical and I’m out there and getting my body into it.”
Wanting on the Canucks’ wants, Ferland checks loads of packing containers: He can win battles for the puck, convey that dimension and physicality to the lineup and supply offense enjoying with Vancouver’s’ younger core. That mixture is not going to solely permit him to get extra ice time, but in addition give him the possibility to proceed to construct his all-around recreation.
“I’d like to play in the top six. I had a good meeting with [general manager Jim Benning] and [coach] Travis Green and I’d like to play in the top six, but if I’m playing in the bottom nine, I can be effective on the third line also,” Ferland mentioned. “Benning told me I’d have a lot of opportunity playing here with [Elias Petterson], [Brock Boeser] and skill guys, and they need a bigger guy on their line [to give them space].”
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Ferland can also be assured that he may also help set up a successful tradition inside a corporation that is trying to return to the playoffs. He can carry over the expertise he gained with the Hurricanes final season as they climbed within the standings and in the end made it to the Jap Convention finals.
“We shocked a lot of people. Not a lot expected us to do what we did. We’re a young group over there, and that’s what I see in Vancouver,” Ferland mentioned. “You look at Vancouver and the players and the guys they’re bringing in, I think [making a playoff run is] the next step for Vancouver. I want to go over there and I want to help.”
One trigger for concern is Ferland’s concussion historical past; the hard-hitting ahead has had his share of head accidents. He mentioned with out hesitation, nonetheless, that he is not going to alter his strategy and is not frightened about any lingering points.
“One-hundred percent healthy . . . zero concern about my concussion history,” he mentioned.
With regard to how his recreation his recreation will evolve, Ferland mentioned he isn’t targeted in a single explicit space.
“The biggest thing is bringing something to the table every night, [regardless of whether he’s] putting up goals or scoring numbers,” Ferland mentioned. “Biggest things for me is to find a way to contribute and have the tools to contribute every night.”