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Ferland cut by NATS.

Though he's having another splendid hockey season, Michael Ferland will not be representing Canada this holiday season. Ferland, who is Cree, was one of 42 players that were invited to the Canadian national junior (under 20) team's final selection camp, but the 19-year-old forward was not one of the 22 players named to the national squad that will compete at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Games for the world tournament, which began Dec. 26 and continues until Jan. 5, will be staged in Calgary and Edmonton.

Since he did not make the national squad, Ferland rejoined his own team, the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings. Unlike the majority of other WHL players, Ferland did not have to leave home to play with the Wheat Kings. That's because he is from Brandon.

Ferland is in his third season with the Wheat Kings, and he's enjoying his best season to date.

He had racked up 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in his first 31 games. At this pace he should easily surpass the 56 points he collected in 56 games last season.

Though he could conceivably return for an overage season, Ferland is obviously hoping this is his final year in the junior ranks. No doubt he would prefer to turn pro next season. He's property of the Calgary Flames, who chose him in the fifth round, 133rd over-all, in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

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Title Annotation:Sports Briefs; Michael Ferland in North American Tour Scouting
Author:Sam Laskaris
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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