A fifth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Micheal Ferland was never destined to set fire to the league immediately. That said, the 25-year-old has been improving steadily year after year and is beginning to understand how to score at the NHL level. In 2016-17, he posted 25 points, including 15 goals on a healthy 14.2 shooting percentage -- all of those figures were career highs, and the Manitoba native achieved them while averaging a measly 11:34 of ice time. Ferland ended up finding a home on Calgary's top line alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, so if he can expand upon that role and perhaps earn some time on the power play, he could be a late-round steal or waiver-wire hero in fantasy this season. Even if that doesn't transpire, he provides enough hits and PIM to offer value in formats that reward physicality.
Ferland agreed to a two-year deal with the Flames on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Eric Francis of Sportsnet reports. He'll earn an average of $1.75 million over the next two years after signing his new pact with the Flames. Ferland enjoyed a mini breakout season in 2016-17, tallying 15 goals and 10 assists over 76 games. He's now primed to take another step forward as a member of Calgary's top line.
Ferland has filed for salary arbitration, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. The Flames protected Ferland from the expansion draft and went on to extend him a qualifying offer, so it's clear they have him in their long-term plans. However, Ferland is going to push for a better deal rather than settling for the qualifying offer. A hearing will be set for late July, although the two sides will continue to negotiate in the meantime with the hope of avoiding the arbitration process. Ferland is coming off arguably his best season with the Flames, as he notched 15 goals and 10 assists across a career-high 76 games.
Ferland will not be exposed to the upcoming NHL expansion draft, Eric Francis of Sportsnet reports. Still just 24 years of age, Ferland has grown offensively on a yearly basis through his first three seasons. He posted 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in his third campaign at the top level despite seeing a slight dip in ice time (11:34) from the previous year. He should serve as a solid piece among the team's top six skaters next season.
Ferland finished 2016-17 with 15 goals and 25 points, both of which were career highs. However, he failed to record a point in four postseason contests. The explosion in goals seemingly came out of nowhere, as Ferland had managed just six combined in his first two NHL seasons (97 games). He received over a full minute less of ice time (11:34) compared to his sophomore campaign in 2015-16 (12:37), which appears to be a significant reason why his hit total declined from a prolific 207 to 149. Still, owners making use of the Manitoban's services in deeper leagues likely prefer the uptick in goal scoring.
Ferland scored a goal and added a helper Monday in a 4-2 win over the visiting Avalanche. Ferland is now up to 15 goals and 23 points in 70 games this year, which doesn't do much to move the fantasy needle. His 142 hits help boost his value in leagues that count that category, but are actually markedly down from last year's total of 207.
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