Boston Bruins Claim Former Second Round Pick Off Waivers


Boston Bruins Claim Former Second Round Pick Off Waivers From The Detroit Red Wings

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The Boston Bruins announced on Sunday that the team had claimed former second round draft pick Landon Ferraro off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry draft with the 32nd overall pick, Ferraro has essentially been a career AHL player up to this point, playing in only 17  regular season NHL games and seven playoff games. In his limited NHL exposure, Ferraro has posted one goal and nine penalty minutes in the regular season as well as two penalty minutes in the playoffs. Ferraro is known more for his two-way ability than anything else, but has been a very good goal scorer recently at the AHL level having scored 24 goals in the 2012-13 season and 27 in the 2014-15 season. 

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  • The Boston Bruins are currently experiencing some injury issues, especially at the forward position, which makes this waiver claim unsurprising. With injuries to Frank Vatrano, David Pastrnak, and Chris Kelly on the front end limiting the Bruins to only 12 healthy forwards, Ferraro is expected to slide right into the Bruins lineup on Sunday when the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday. General Manager Don Sweeney said that Ferraro would wear number 29 with the Boston Bruins, and he’ll be the first player to wear that number since Jay Pandolfo did in 2013.

    Landon Ferraro is likely to fill in on the Bruins fourth line at the center position after the team called up Maxime Talbot on an emergency basis following the injury to Frank Vatrano. Ferraro could also take over some penalty killing minutes in place of Maxime Talbot. The Bruins were actually so limited with forwards before Talbot returned to Boston’s practice that defenseman Joe Morrow practiced as a winger with the teams fourth line unit for one practice session. While it’s unclear if Talbot will be sent back down to Providence or not, the Bruins do have an extra roster spot available with Kevan Miller being placed on the Injured Reserve.

    The Detroit Red Wings were put in a difficult position with Landon Ferraro who was returning from a stint on the Injured Reserve with a lower body injury. Due to the fact that they had a full 23-man roster, Ferraro was deemed the one expendable and was placed on waivers. 

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    Ferraro was about to come off injured reserve with a lower body injury and the Wings did not have room on their 23-man roster, so they decided that Ferraro was the one that had to go through waivers. “It’s a situation where he’s done a good job,” Detroit’s head coach Jeff Blashill told reporters on Saturday. “But with our numbers, more forwards… we have to make a decision to try to send somebody potentially through waivers, so we decided on him.” The Red Wings likely knew Ferraro wouldn’t slide through waivers, but risks like that have to be taken sometimes in this business and hopefully the Bruins will be able to utilize Ferraro efficiently until their other forwards can return to the lineup.

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