Landon Ferraro Solid In His First Boston Bruins Game


The Boston Bruins currently have a depleted roster. With Chris Kelly, David Pastrnak, and Frank Vatrano currently out of action, the Bruins needed players who could fill holes in the roster quickly. Normally, the Bruins would turn to their AHL affiliate team to solve their manpower shortage, but the Providence Bruins have personnel troubles of their own. So, the Bruins took a look at the waiver wire and tried to find a player that could not only complement the current roster, but be able to make an immediate impact.

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Landon Ferraro was picked up by the Boston Bruins on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Ferraro recently came off of injured reserve himself and was looking for an opportunity to play before the Red Wings put him on waivers. Ferraro played ten games in Detroit this season, and has more NHL experience than many of the current Providence players have.

With the Bruins depleted roster, Claude Julien and company thought it best to put their newest asset to work immediately against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Don Sweeney believed that Ferraro could come in to Boston fresh and be a useful addition to the current squad.

“He certainly scored at the American Hockey League level, as well. He’s got 270 games there,” said the Bruins general manager. “We’ve had just a crazy number of injuries at both levels [NHL and AHL] and I think it was an opportunity to take a look at a player that has a little bit of NHL experience, has the speed component, the penalty-killing component, that’s certainly worthwhile for us to try to integrate into our group.”

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    “I think he’s a good player,” said Julien of Ferraro. “He’s fast, he’s gritty, I know he kills penalties. He’s a second-round pick and Detroit usually drafts pretty well. I haven’t seen him a ton, but even watching him this morning you can tell he’s a good skater, strong skater.

    “From what I’m told, he’s a pretty reliable player as well.”

    Ferraro certainly had no time to be ready for this transition. When asked about all the changes in his life over the weekend, the 24-year old Canadian was up front about his situation.

    “A bit of a mess” said Ferraro. “You go from being really disappointed and just trying to think of all the options that can happen to getting a call right at noon from [general manager] Kenny Holland in Detroit saying that Boston picked [me] up, and then talking to Don Sweeney right after that.

    “After that, I mean, my phone didn’t stop going.”

    Ferraro went to work and helped make a difference tonight for Boston. Ferraro earned his first NHL point of the season by assisting on Brad Marchand‘s second goal of the night. Their effort gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in a game that had to be settled in a shutout. Ferraro ended up with a +1, 8:07 of ice time (:32 of it on the penalty kill (which was perfect again)), and topped it off with an interview with TSN’s Ray Ferraro, his father.

    The B’s ended up winning 4-3.