Ferraro, 19, is headed to the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips in a classic challenge trade. The Red Deer Rebels, whom Ferraro had said he wasn't going to play for, received fellow 19-year-old forward Byron Froese, a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick, and a third-round pick in 2012. Red Deer included a conditional pick in that season's draft.
"Ferraro has yet to realize his full potential in the WHL. He scored 37 goals in 68 games in 2008-09, but during an injury-plagued 2009-10 he slumped to 16 goals and 30 assists in 53 games. Ferraro also didn't see eye-to-eye with Rebels coach Jesse Wallin, and he stated publicly that he did not expect to be back with Red Deer for the upcoming season.
"The Tips surrendered a lot to acquire Ferraro. Froese, who's also entering his 19-year-old season, has been one of Everett's top players the past two seasons. Last season he had 29 goals and 32 assists in 70 games, and he was a fourth-round pick by Chicago in the 2009 NHL draft. He was also the pivotman on Everett's fabled 'Kid Line,' which consisted of Froese, Kellan Tochkin and Tyler Maxwell the past two seasons." (Silvertips Blog)
From a Red Deer perspective, it seems like Rebels head coach and VP of hockey operations Jesse Wallin made out fairly well, as Alan Caldwell notes:
"It's not a bad deal for Red Deer - Froese actually outscored Ferraro in both of the last two seasons, although Ferraro played slightly fewer games both years and probably would have outpointed Froese both years had he stayed healthy. So the Rebels get rid of a guy who didn't want to be there, pick up another 19 year old forward who is reasonably close in point production, and get a 3rd round pick to make up the difference.
"For their part, Everett will no doubt be looking to see Ferraro take advantage of a fresh start by becoming the 50 goal man he likely has the ability to be." (Small Thoughts at Large)
Meantime, Ferraro, who was left off Canada's world junior summer evaluation roster, is headed to a team helmed by two-time gold medal-winning coach Craig Hartsburg. That's a nice fringe benefit.
Putting up big numbers amid Everett's emphasis on defence (the Silvertips allowed a WHL-low 173 goals last season) would do a lot for his stock.
Meantime, the move suggests the Silvertips are serious about challenging the likes of Portland and Vancouver in the WHL's Western Conference.
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