Having moved on from the Carolina Hurricanes, Michael Ferland was being linked with a good few teams around the NHL. Now, though, the decision has been made: a four-year deal has been signed with the Vancouver Canucks, making the move on a $14m contract. Speaking about the move to the press, Ferland said: “They have a great, young and up-and-coming team, they have great young players with [Elias] Pettersson, [Brock] Boeser and Bo Horvat,
“For my style, I think that’s a team that I can fit in quite nicely. It’s a young team still.”
When asked about how things had gone for him last year, when he contributed 40 points, Ferland added: “I think we shocked a lot of people around the League, no one expected us to do what we did, and we were a young group over there, and that’s what I see in Vancouver,
“We came in Carolina and made it into the playoffs and getting to the Conference Final, and you look at Vancouver and the players they have and the guys they’re bringing in and I think that’s the next step for Vancouver and I think I can come over there and help.”
The desire to be part of a youthful and exciting side is obviously one that attracts him to the Vancouver outfit. With a growing level of potential and no shortage of quality, here is no reason why the Canucks cannot push even further in the coming NHL season.