Ramblings: Eating crow on Ferland, buying low on Pulock, Coach Q must be Joking, and what the Pionk? (Oct 22)
Let’s kick things off with my first crow-eating party of the year. I completely whiffed on Micheal Ferland and not only that, but looking at it closely now – I should not have. This situation was custom-built for a classic Dobber call: one where I hit it out of the park by going bold when everyone else goes meek. Of course Carolina is going to play the crap out of him – they want to add sandpaper to the forward corps. They went out and swung a big trade to land this guy (agitating Marchand-type who can play in the top six with big fellas). Instead, I got so focused on the Dougie Hamilton part of the deal that I lost sight of that. I even had him as the No.1 player that this trade would hurt. All I saw was a deep forward corps that still had Jeff Skinner, and had two prospects who needed to clear waivers (Valentin Zykov, Lucas Wallmark), another prospect who was probably sticking (Andrei Svechnikov), plus other rookies knocking on the door (even then, I really liked Warren Foegele). In my mind, Ferland would play an energy role and I didn’t give it a second thought. I’m kicking myself for that one and cost some of you a really good pick there. I am sorry.
As for what’s ahead – the 26-year-old is going to surprise us with 60-plus points this year and that is just how Brad Marchand surprised us when he was 27. I don’t think he can take the next step the way Marchand did, but while many poolies will be in full “sell high” mode for Ferland the way they were with Marchand back in 2016…I will be in “buy” mode. He’ll have another gear. I am very confident of this, I just wish I caught the obvious logic sooner.
Young defensemen Ryan Pulock and Brandon Montour each picked up a point in their first game of the season and haven’t do