Right now the Sharks Benn Ferriero
has quietly put together a nice four game point streak in which he has registered three goals and four assists.
Ferriero has displayed his offensive talents from college, to the AHL, to stints in San Jose and he is expected to put numbers up when at the NHL level.
“It feels great,” Ferriero said of the recent success. “I’ve been put on a line here and I’m expected to produce, that is part of my job. I need to continue to do that. You want to come in here, fill a role and hopefully make an impact.”
The Boston native credits his linemates with what is currently happening with his game.
“I think our line has played well together,” Ferriero said. “I played 15 games with Logan last year in Worcester and Ryane is another great player. We’ve worked well together. We’re getting plenty of chances and need to continue to do that.”
With Clowe’s physical style and playmaking ability this year (he is third on the club in assists) and Couture’s craftiness, there will be more opportunities for Ferriero to shoot as long as he’s with the duo.
“We all compliment each other pretty well,” Ferriero said. “Logan and I know where each other will be in the zone. Clowe is a big guy who creates space and he can skate too.”
Ferriero has been a +3 this year and been even or better in all five games he’s played, displaying his knack for being smart in his end of the ice and that is something the coaching staff addressed with him early.
“They said you’ve got to be solid in your own end,” Ferriero said. “You need to be solid defensively.”
Scoring at the NHL level is not easy, but playing defense against the world’s top talent is no walk in the park either.
“For me, they are both pretty tough, but when you get to play with guys like Logan and Clowe, the offense comes a little bit easier because they know how to make great plays,” Ferriero said. “Defensively it is a little more difficult transition because the players are more skilled up here. The speed, quickness and strength are up a whole other notch.”
That the Sharks are on the road right now doesn’t make a difference for Ferriero’s housing situation. When the Sharks return to San Jose, the 23-year-old will use the team hotel for living accommodations.
“Living at the hotel isn’t a big deal for me,” Ferriero said. “I had a lot of time in hotels the last year and a half. I’ve only been in the apartment in Worcester for about a month now and three or four months last year. The hotel is kind of normal for me. It doesn’t matter. You get room service and get picked up after every day. It’s nice getting your bed made and having someone clean up your trash. As bad as that sounds, it’s not too bad of a thing.”
As a team, Ferriero and the Sharks are focused on finding a victory today in the Motor City.
“Just go in, play our game and get two points,” Ferriero said. “We have to concentrate on ourselves and concentrate the whole 60 minutes. I think that is the way we’ll be the most successful. If you take a shift off, it can really kill you. A bad five minutes can mean the game right there.”
FIRST OFFAntti Niemi
was the first netminder off the ice and the likely starter against the Red Wings.
was activated for the contest with Detroit.
San Jose will play Detroit at 4:30 p.m. today and the game will be on Versus, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.