CALGARY, AB -- On Thursday afternoon, the Brandon Wheat Kings dealt Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a first round draft pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Flames assigned Ferland to the Wheat Kings on Dec. 28, 2012. He had spent the first few months of the 2012-13 season with the Abbotsford Heat and Utah Grizzlies, playing a total of 10 games between the two teams.
"We have very high expectations for Michael, and value the power forward traits that he brings to our organization," said Flames general manager Jay Feaster said after the assignment was announced. "It was important to us to have him in training camp, give him some exposure to a pro hockey environment, and get a read on his development. Based on the depth of our team in Abbotsford, and the limited game minutes that Michael is currently able to get there, we felt that it would be in the best interest of his development to return to the WHL, where he can get the minutes that we want him to have, and continue to grow his skill and confidence. We continue to be bullish on Michael’s potential, and look forward to his contributions to the Flames in the future."
Ferland suited up for four games with the Wheat Kings this season, scoring one goal and one assist. Prior to joining the Abbotsford Heat this year, he played three seasons with the Wheat Kings. The Brandon, MB product scored 182 points (80 goals, 102 assists) in 189 career games with the team. As well, he accumulated 283 minutes in penalties during his three-plus years with the organization.
The Flames drafted Ferland in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.