BostonBruins.com -- Drafted by the Bruins this past spring's NHL Entry Draft, Brian Ferlin became the only player from Jacksonville, FL ever to be picked and the big 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward was humbled his selection was made by Boston.
“I was really excited about it,” said Ferlin of being drafted by the Stanley Cup champions. “It’s a huge honor to be drafted by them.”
Though he's currently wearing the colors of the Cornell University Big Red, this past summer Ferlin also donned Black & Gold when he participated in the annual Bruins Development Camp.
“It was nice to compete against some of the guys from around the world that you hear about,” explained the 19-year-old. “They’re all good players.”
However, the young Ferlin wasn’t exactly hidden in the shadows of the Bruins other amateur prospects.
“He’s got good speed, he’s got good size, he’s got good skills,” said B’s assistant general manager Don Sweeney during camp. “I think he’ll continue to get more and more comfortable on the ice as he plays more and more hockey.”
In his first season in the ECAC, Cornell's Ferlin is proving Sweeney right.
Through 11 games he is tied for a team best +10 rating and is second in goals (5), assists (7) and points (12).
Thanks to that success early in the 2011-2012 campaign, the Floridian was invited to attend the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team’s pre-tournament camp in late December, when 29 players will compete for a roster spot on Team USA for the upcoming IHF Word Junior Championship.
“I’m glad I get the opportunity to go out there and hopefully make the team,” said the B’s prospect, whose talents haven't been overlooked by his conference, either.
Ferlin was named ECAC’s Rookie of the Month when he registered 5 goals, 6 assists and a +9 rating in only nine games in November.
Although he was honored to receive the award, a modest Ferlin gave most of the credit to his Cornell teammates.
“I think that just goes to show the team as a whole — how we’re playing,” explained the Big Red forward. “I don’t think I could have gotten that award without the team playing well.”
And it's clear that the B’s 2011 draft pick has quickly adapted to his Ivy League surroundings.
“I couldn’t have been happier with my decision to come here,” said Ferlin, whose team has made a commitment to serve the local community of Ithaca, NY.
“We take part in a lot of community events around here,” he explained. “The community is so big [to the] Cornell Hockey program, so we try to give back.”
Regardless of his numerous accomplishments on and off the ice, Ferlin is pushing himself to improve day-in and day-out.
“Keep playing hard and doing the little things every day,” he tells himself.
“Just continue to get bigger, stronger and faster—just keep developing.”