The Flames have sent prospect Michael Ferland back into the welcoming embrace of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. (QMI Agency/IAN KUCERAK)
CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have granted Michael Ferland’s wish.
On Friday, the Flames officially assigned Ferland to the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, giving the 20-year-old winger an opportunity to find his scoring touch — and his confidence — with his junior squad.
Ferland is expected to be in the Wheat Kings lineup for Friday’s clash with the Moose Jaw Warriors.
“We have very high expectations for Michael, and value the power forward traits that he brings to our organization,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said in a statement. “It was important to us to have him in training camp, give him some exposure to a pro hockey environment and get a read on his development. Based on the depth of our team in Abbotsford and the limited game minutes that Michael is currently able to get there, we felt that it would be in the best interest of his development to return to the WHL, where he can get the minutes that we want him to have and continue to grow his skill and confidence."