Monday, 4 October 2010

Ferland Out Indefinitely

(Courtesy: www.wheatkings.com)

The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings will be without left-winger Michael Ferland indefinitely.

The club has announced Monday that the 18-year old local product is scheduled to undergo knee surgery in Winnipeg this Thursday, October 7th.

The 6’2” 208 lb Ferland, who is in his second WHL season, first injured the knee during Wheat Kings’ training camp on September 3rd. Following treatment in Calgary at the Flames’ National Hockey League camp, he was cleared to resume playing on September 19th. A day later, he returned to the practice ice and was in the Brandon lineup for the first three games of the season.

Ferland reinjured the knee on September 29th in Brandon’s 5-2 victory over the Warriors in Moose Jaw.

A fifth round draft choice of the Flames, Ferland has one goal and two minor penalties in three games this season. In 2009-10, the former AAA Midget Wheat King scored nine goals and 28 points in 61 games.

In other Wheat Kings’ news, the WHL club has announced that 16-year old right-winger Dakota Conroy has been assigned to the Edmonton Southside AAA Midgets. A third round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings in 2009, the 6’1” 172 lb Edmonton product scored 22 goals and 35 points in 35 games with the Southside Midgets last season.

Monday’s move leaves the Wheat Kings with thirty players on their active roster – four goalkeepers, sixteen forwards and 10 defenceman. That number includes 19-year old center Brayden Schenn, who is currently with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.

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