WWYDW: Micheal Ferland

The Canucks signed another big-name free agent last week, inking forward Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal worth $14 million.

Jim Benning has made a flurry of moves this summer with the goal of improving the team enough to make the playoffs in 2019-20, and Ferland looks as though he’s going to play a big role in helping the Canucks achieve that goal.

Who should Ferland play with next season?

Last week I asked: What defense pairings would you like to see?

Killer Marmot:

The first thing I’d do is not talk about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line pairings, because it might not be a particularly fruitful designation for a while. With half of the defensive corps replaced from the start of the previous season, it’s going to take a while to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

The second thing I’d do is pair Stecher with Benn. Both are strong on the penalty kill, and so they can be the first over the boards when the Canucks are down a man. Stecher’s quickness with Benn’s physicality should be a good match.


Benning said TG would figure it out in camp but to start I would pair.
Get away from designated “shutdown” roles and pair offense with defensively responsible partners. Eddy and Myers would be a big interesting pairing for sure.

Hockey Bunker:

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Edler and Myers so Myers has green light to attack. It’s a pair other teams will fear.
Benn and Stecher all round and PK
Hughes and Tanev so Hughes has a reliable partner and can freelance in limited minutes and on power play.Tanev and Edler pair up on PK.
Myers is primary PP dman because of his shot and playmaking.
Then over the season playing times can be adjusted.
But basically all pairings can attack 5 on 5 and have strong PP and PK options while icetime is relatively balanced.


I would love to see 2 line ups

Edler Myers – all purpose, all around grest 2nd pair… Also run the 2nd PP
Hughes stetcher – speedy skilled and offensive … Let the kids play!! High risk-high reward, new age #1 defence pairing

Tanev Benn – shut down and PK specailist

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If you wanted something more balanced

Edler tanev – tested and true solid pairig
Myer hughes- offensive and protection for Hughes… Also could compliment each other quite well.
Stetcher benn- really good and balanced 3rd pairing.. could easily swap tanev and setch depending on the game style


Edler- Stecher cause it worked before, Myers – Benn, Hughes- Tanev, and just hope that Julolevi, Woo, Rathbone and a couple other young players develop quickly. Some decent prospects in the draft next year as well, provided they keep the pick.

  • Defenceman Factory

    Ferland and Miller should take the LW spots in the top 6. Up to Green to find the right chemistry.

    The best part about the Ferland signing will be watching slimeball Tkachuk turtle again.

  • ClassOf2011

    Ferland will play as a minder for the concussion prone wimp Pettersson.

    The more important question is HOW is Boeser getting paid when the Benning UFA disaster Loui ’36 million bust’ Eriksson is still hanging around like a bad smell. It will take one or more of draft bust Juolevi, draft bust Virtanen or failed prospects Lind or Gaudette to sweeten the pot enough for another NHL team to even consider taking this albatross boat anchor off the books and free up the 7-9 million per it’s gonna take to pay Brock his money.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Lind and Gaudette are failed prospects after 1 year of being pros? I often agree with the controversial things you post here, but I’m not sure how you can reach this conclusion based on a minuscule body of evidence.

      • ClassOf2011

        It’s an instant results league now Beer, you’re either ready to rock or not.

        As you know, Utica is a total ‘prospect’ trainwreck. Gaudette couldn’t stick when given ample opportunity last season and Lind can’t even make the show!!!!!!! Meanwhile blueline beast NIC HAGUE who was taken one pick later was an absolute titan in the A and is fast tracking to the bigs while Lind gets a nosebleed whenever he sees a picture of the Rog.

        • Defenceman Factory

          Well, I cannot deny that Lind was the wrong pick. Vegas made out like bandits with Hague and I can see both him and the Tkachuk miss haunting us in the division for years to come.

          • Defenceman Factory

            Once again a cockroach has posted with my user name. It must be because he needs to discredit anyone who tries to take a balanced view to enhance his own meagre self image.

            Every reasonable person knows it is too early to pass judgement on Hague or Juolevi as neither one has played a game in the NHL. Tkachuk is obviously an effective player but a complete slime ball. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this case.

      • Gino's 3rd Cousin

        Beer, hopefully you are discovering PQW for the unstable being it is. How many clone accounts does it need to create before you realize it is an utter POS and waste of skin?

        • Beer Can Boyd

          Sometimes I agree with what he posts, sometimes not. I never agree with any post that is insulting or racist. I’m here for the hockey conversation, not to join one side or the other. If I agree, i will say so. If not, I’ll argue. But I refuse to be drawn into any personality conflicts here. Sorry.

  • Rodeobill

    The crux of this comes down to line chemistry and situation. Assuming he finds chemistry with Bo and EP, it should vary from game to game. Against teams with 2 good scoring lines, he should be with Horvat to push the needle on line 2 and change the tone of the game for the other team from scoring to “protect yourself from injury” rather than score. If the team is a one line wonder, he should be put on EP’s line to neutralize the opposite teams checking line in the offensive zone and create space for EP and Boeser while hopefully retrieving pucks off the boards and screening goalies.

  • J-Canuck

    This is a tough one!
    While I would like to see a tough guy that digs pucks out of the corners play with EP and Brock. Th thought of adding a playmaker that can score 20+ goals in Miller would give the Canucks a true top line.
    Ferland would be a great addition to play with Bo and Tanner and make a 2nd line that is a beast.

  • DJ_44

    Play Ferland with Pettersson and Boeser. He will create space for both and provide net front with finishing ability.

    Play Miller with Horvat, probably on his right wing, with Baertschi or Pearson on the other side.

    • Tedchinook

      The other hope I have for the second line is that Virtanen takes another step forward and can play with Horvat and Miller. It’s a big if, but he definitely stepped it up last year and continued growth would make that a formidable second line.

      • Rodeobill

        I keep hoping that too, but he always seems lost as to what to do after he takes the zone and rushes the net (which he does excellently). I’m hoping, as others have stated, that watching Ferland will give him some ques as to what to do next, use his linemates, and improve his play away from the puck. If can put those things together he will be a top 6 guy easy.

  • MajorFawlty

    I’d aim high and have Ferland play with Pettersson for the first stint of season to see if they find any chemistry. Ask him to retrieve pucks and agitate other team’s top lines like Burrows did for the Sedins. He brings a different dimension to the Boeser-Pettersson tandem that may prove more fruitful than Goldobin or Leivo. If that doesn’t pan out Miller gets a shot and Ferland would still upgrade the middle six. When Roussel is healthy the two could make it miserable for the opposition, up and down the lineup.

  • Dlw

    In the beginning I would have Ferland with EP and Boeser. JT on 2nd or 3rd line, but I am sure someone will be the right fit. For a change Green has options as to who should be on line or matches best against other teams. Maybe someone out of camp surprises. Totally agree with defense pairings (on paper).

  • Beefus

    I wonder if Ferland would be a good fit to play with Elias Pettersson and Loui Eriksson. He would provide protection for both and may give Loui a chance to rejuvenate his career.

    At the very least Eriksson would put up some numbers that would make him more attractive to some team as a trade acquisition.

  • Hockey Bunker

    Gotta be with EP and BB. Defensemen will be in survival mode watching out for Ferland so much they’ll lose sight of the shooters.
    It’ll make both of them better as they are quick strike opportunists. Can’t say Goldy had the same impact, LOL.
    Given the make up of the Canucks, teams are going to mark the game down on their calendars as ones to keep your head up in.

  • Jabs

    Ideally I would like to see Ferland play with Petey and Boesser. Ferland played with the top players in Calgary and was able to keep up and provide offense and looked pretty good doing it.

    The question I guess is that this team went from having little left wing depth to having a lot of it. Miller is too good to be in the bottom 6 and Bearschi appears to be a good option on the top 6 (when healthy) so does this leave Ferland as the player destined for the bottom 6?

    I think Bearschi may end up being the guy moved to free up cap space once Benning realizes that Louie has an unmovable contract which puts Ferland with Petey and Miller with Horvat.

  • TheRealPB

    Whoever is the better distributor I think I’d probably put with Horvat and Pearson, so I guess Miller with them. Ferland’s played on top lines before and seemed to be able to handle the pace both in Calgary and Carolina so I’d at least start him there (especially if Baertschi gets moved out or they don’t stick with Goldobin — the other wingers the Canucks tried with EP and Boeser often seemed well out of their element and unable to deal with quick passes).

    Also, I really wish we did the salary dump to Ottawa (Zack Smith for Anisimov) yesterday. I get that it’s less real money and less term but LE would’ve moved Ottawa farther towards the salary floor.

  • rediiis

    I doubt that Travis will be set in his ways. Q kept throwing guys in a blender nightly. At least the team has options this year. Nice to see some good kids in the pipeline too. I just want a healthy team (less Roussel) in November. Travis has zero credibility if he can’t manage the roster JB has given him. Solid goalies, adequate defensemen and some shiny baubles with some gritty wingmen. I guess you could call me optimistic, but I don’t see why we can’t win the Pacific.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Agree with the idea postulated here that Ferland should be utilized playing with Petey and Brock on the road in lieu of the fact the home team has last change and can key on #40 and #6 because of this rule. At home coach Green of course has much more flexibility but liberties taken with Petey, the best player the Canucks have had since the iconic twins, has to stop. I’m still in favour of fighting when it comes to our franchise player.

    • 51Geezer

      I am as optimistic as Red is… I sense many of us in CA are, except those who persist in despising JB, either for cause or on invented principle, and those who continue to gripe about the spilt milk that is the selection of Olli and Jake.

        • CanucksRealist

          Typically weak and redundant POV from cheerleader slurpers.

          Both are non-factor Benning busts because A) they have FAILED to live up to their lofty draft positions years after being chosen and B) the available alternatives would’ve and could’ve been franchise game changers…

          Larkin, Sergachev, Ehlers, Tkachuk, Keller, Pastrnak, McAvoy, Nylander, Chychrun are all proven studs from the same drafts already… not a great look for a so-called ‘draft guru’ when we were so desperate for elite talent, and you windowlickers damn well know it.

          • Bud Poile

            Captain Hindsight with his revisionist cow manure spreader.
            The same moron that hates Benning for picking Pettersson.
            The same moron that never praises the Boeser pick.
            Demko? Hughes? Woo? Madden? Rathbone? Hoglander? Podkolzin?
            Crickets from the peanut head gallery.

          • CanucksRealist

            No crickets here little nobody… just FACTS

            “I wished Jim Benning would have retained and listened to Gilman.” – Dud Poile

            “The only thing that matters is the playoffs”. – Dud Poile

            ” **The Canucks need players that can contribute out of the gate**, particularly on D. I would take Liljegren or Heiskanen. Glass or Vilardi if they go for the future. Hopefully it’s a player that is close to NHL ready come September” – Dud ‘revisionist’ Poile… no mention of Elias lol

            How is that revisionist slops and those unproven outliers working out for ya again by year SIX muppet?

            Now, scuttle off to take notes from 650 creep, Jackson is readying your uber outta here very soon… tick tock

  • neal

    It’s up to Green to become an NHL coach this year. In order to develop chemistry on a line you have to be patient. I really believe that Green is an AHL coach. I hope he proves me wrong.

  • Ken Priestlay Fan

    I would guess the top 6 will line up

    Ferland – Pettersson – Boeser
    Pearson – Horvat – Miller

    To be honest though, you could put those wingers in pretty much any combination, depending on chemistry, opposition, etc.
    That’s actually a damn good top 6, seems strange saying that in connection with the Canucks…

    • Ken Priestlay Fan

      Actually, the bigger question is probably what are they going to do with everyone else? I think Sutter gets traded because he still has some value (not much, but someone will pay a mid round pick and/or prospect for him imo) in which case Gaudette and Beagle are locks for C and Green is left trying to fit Baertschi, Lievo, Virtanen, Erickson (because let’s face it, he’s going nowhere), Motte, Goldobin and Schaller in. Not withstanding McEwan having a good camp and Perron, Bailey needing waivers and being bottom 6 options and Roussel coming off IR at the end of the year. Benning can definitely find takers for players if he needs to trim the roster, but I doubt he gets value for them at this stage. The top 6 selects itself really, it’s the rest of the line up that needs sorting

      • canuckfan

        I doubt Sutter gets traded he offers a lot more than Gaudette at this time is stronger and can shutdown the other teams top line. Sutter has had injury issues since arriving in Vancouver if he can keep on the ice will prove his worth and will be a good trade chip before or just after the Christmas break and will bring back more than trading him today. Gaudette is not a lock at center he did okay but Canucks need more than just ok. I agree that some players need to be moved but lets who challenges and comes into training camp wanting a job. Those who make the team will make the choice easier for the team to send down those who don’t make it.

        • Ken Priestlay Fan

          I don’t think Sutter gets traded because he is of no use, I think he gets traded because he still has value to both the Canucks and other teams. Something has to give and if they want to get Boeser signed and leave some head room for bonuses, sending high-value contracts to the minors for $1million cap relief isn’t going to do the job

      • Beer Can Boyd

        Assuming your Sutter scenario comes true, Schaller is definitely out, Goldobin most probably as well. Baertschi is in if he’s healthy. Jake is in. Roussel is in when he’s healthy. That leaves Leivo, Motte,Ericksson, and MacEwen fighting for 3, and eventually 2 positions. In order for me, Motte, MacEwan, Leivo and Ericksson.

        • DogBreath

          I hope I’m wrong but unfortunately Macewan isn’t ready and may never be. He falls into the camp of ‘the guy in the minors that everyone hopes can take the next step’. See Shinkaruk, Subban, Corrado, etc.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            6’3” 205 lbs, and he had 22 goals and 52 points in Utica last year. Fought his way up from being undrafted, so his character is beyond question.Whatever makes you think he “isn’t ready, and may never be”???? Please elaborate on your knowledge…

          • Bud Poile

            Knowledge? Good one,Beer.
            PQW perpetuates the ‘Benning’ Bad BS story ad infinitum and you want knowledge.
            Game changers like Pettersson,Hughes and Boeser start out in the NHL.
            Engaging the banned troll looking for answers.

          • DogBreath

            I watched him play and thought he lacked NHL polish. He seemed lost, tentative and slow – moreso than I’d expect from a NHL-ready prospect. I suspect he gets few cups of coffee in the NHL. I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            Motte because he is a dynamo, never takes a shift off and plays way bigger than his size. And he’s still only 24. I’ve said before, I can see him eventually in a Kris Draper kind of role. MacEwan because he’s proved himself Utica (22 goals, 52 points), and needs to take the next step, which I believe he’s capable of. I like Leivo, but he was inconsistent after a good start with the Canucks last year. However, I’d be fine with cycling these 3. Ericksson doesn’t want to be here, has underachieved since he arrived, and benching him or putting him on waivers and sending him down, will hopefully give him the kick he needs to accept a trade to anywhere. There are 6 million reasons why the ” he’s a reliable 4th liner” narrative doesn’t work for me. Insider narrative also has him last on the ice, first off at practice, so hardly a role model for younger players. He needs to go, sooner the better.