Ferry lives up to older brother

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

BRAMPTON — Tyler Ferry racked up three assists in his second OHL game Sunday.

He has four points in his first two London Knights outings.

But London Knights GM Mark Hunter felt more sheepish than smart about the success of his 15th round pick in the 2008 OHL draft.

“I’m no genius,” Hunter said. “I should’ve had him up here all season. All he needed was a chance. He’s done a nice job. He’s playing hard, playing physical. The reason he wasn’t here at the start was because of numbers coming out of camp.”

Ferry wasn’t as high-profile as his older brother Steve, the Knights first-round pick in 2004. But he’s just as versatile.

He is playing both defence and forward for his Tier II team, the Ontario Provincial league’s Stouffville Spirit.

“It depends on injuries,” the 18-year-old from Richmond Hill said. “I’ll move up every few games when someone’s out and I’m being used as a top four (on defence) the rest of the time. Sometimes, I’ll go back on the point on power plays and four-on-fours, they’ll put me back there and give some of the younger guys a rest.”

Ferry played defence in his first game with the Knights Friday against Erie. He went up front on an offensively-productive line with Dane Fox (two goals) and Cody Donnay, who scored a much-needed insurance goal.

“I knew the Knights always give guys a chance,” he said. “This is what I wanted since the day I was drafted. I wanted to play in London. I gave up my NCAA (eligibility) when they gave me the call.”

There is only one player drafted later then him that year in the OHL — Windsor defenceman Saverio Posa, who was selected one pick later in the 15th round.

The Knights plan is to use Ferry selectively for up to the maximum 10 games on nights the Spirit don’t play, then keep him up for good when his Tier II playoffs end.

“We’re a pretty good team with a chance to do well,” Ferry said, “but . . . we’ll probably play a team as good as us in the first round, so you never know what will happen.”

Ferry was a just a kid when he’d go with his parents to the John Labatt Centre to watch Steve play. His older brother, now with the Windsor Lancers, played forward for the 2005 Memorial Cup season and ended his career as a leader with the Sarnia Sting.

“I was pretty nervous (Friday),” Tyler said, “but I was there when Steve played in the Memorial Cup so I knew what the atmosphere would be like — not what it’d be like to play, but what to expect.”

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