Ferlin standing out again at Bruins Development Camp

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Ferlin standing out again at Bruins Development Camp

Brian Ferlin is a lot more than a simple Florida hockey trivia question. The 20-year-old Ferlin is the first NHL prospect drafted from the hockey hotbed of Jacksonville, Florida, and he actually honed his hockey skills at camps run by Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy when he was coaching the Jacksonville Lizard Kings in the ECHL.

But Ferlin is much more than a Florida hockey footnote.

Hockey players come from all over the place, I guess, said Ferlin. My dad grew up in Chicago and then played baseball in Jacksonville University. He stayed once he graduated and he always loved hockey too. He had me playing all the sports when I was growing up, but I loved hockey the best.

The Cornell hockey player has also now put together a pair of solid development camps with the Bruins after being the final player selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft in Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound power forward was routinely paired with creative playmaker Ryan Spooner during drills on the practice ice at Ristuccia Arena, and showed off the quick release and accuracy of a natural born scorer.

Just as his promising performance during last years development camp launched him into a solid freshman year at Cornell that earned him ECACHL and Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, Ferlin hopes this years development camp launches him into another productive season.

I started off strong at Cornell, had a couple of injuries and then picked it up at the end of the year. It was a good year to build off of, said Ferlin. These development camps have really helped me. Just to see the way Im able to compete against the real high-end guys from major junior programs, and learn from them. Its been an awesome experience over the last two years.

His first year of college hockey was marred slightly by injuries in the middle of the year, but the Bruins are still more than satisfied by his progress.

Brian had a really good year. He was Rookie of the Year in both the Ivy and the ECACHL, I believe," said Bruins assistant manager Don Sweeney. "He had some injury troubles at two different times that set him back and obviously kept him out of the playoffs, which he was disappointed about. Offensively I think Brians game is pretty good. He understands how to protect pucks really well. Hes built for the cycle game. Hes got a good shot coming down the wing.

Hes continued to work on his skating and the power part of his game because hes a bigger kid. Defensively, I think hes still starting to understand how to apply the system work. Sometimes just being in the right spot is as effective as trying to outwork somebody and get into that spot.

Twenty-one points in 26 games during an injury-marred freshman year was a great start for Ferlin on his way to becoming much more than a bragging point for the Jacksonville wing in the Florida hockey hall of game.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.