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Canucks 2019-20 Playoff Report Cards: Micheal Ferland

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Ferland exemplifies a life lesson through hockey metaphorics.

Minnesota Wild v Vancouver Canucks
Ferlie Teaching Us Playoff Stuff
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The curious case of Micheal Ferland. I chose to compose create makeup this review of Ferland, the Playoff Powerhouse for a number of reasons - that will become unclear as the post unravels.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to the impact this impact player had on the Nucks historic playoff run.

His impact was significant. Simply because the significance of his impact on the study of hockey as metaphor for life strategies.

But, before we get to the moral of the story, let’s fill some of the void left in Ferlie’s report...

...with some of the other report cards we’ve completed so far.

Ok... let’s get back to this report card. Which is filled with hard hitting goals, assists and OT heroics. Due to a conflict with reality, those items can not be included in this report at this time.

You might have been wondering if Ferland would continue his regular season form into the playoffs. And for a big chunk of the playoffs, he did.

The regular season form, if you recall, was in the form of Faery time. The Faeries were in his head and not making life good for him.

However, for the first 2 games of the play-in round (which we won btw), the Ferland Agitation Special was on rails. Rolling over the short side of the tracks.

While he logged 14 minutes of shift time over 2 games, 7 minutes was spent in the Myers Summer Cottage. Also known as the penalty box.

Micheal Ferland

Age Pos GP G A PTS + / - PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TOI ATOI
Age Pos GP G A PTS + / - PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TOI ATOI
27 LW 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 7:09

Strengths

Ferland played like Ferland. Intense. Tough. And Sticky.

Weaknesses

Ferland played like Ferland. Intense. Reckless. With a recent concussion history.

That was game 1. He came back for 4 shifts and two and half minutes in game 2. Did not start the 2nd period. And that as they say somewhere, was it. The next day he left the bubble to return home to Manitoba.

At the time, the team did not divulge why Ferlie was deemed ‘unfit to play’ or the nature of his unfittedness. We could only speculate.

Some say it was a conflict of scheduling. Others posited too many healthy Nucks players were causing upheaval with the bubble hotel’s bubble machine and Micheal, known bubblist, would be required to burst the bubble. Definitely a head scratcher.

We hope it wasn’t a career ending injury. The Nucks needed his fearless grit for the playoffs.

Best Moment

Probably in the locker room prior to game 1. HNIC didn’t show that, so we can only imagine the team was pumped to get out on the ice with Fierce Ferlie ready to rock ‘n sock ‘em.

Best Lesson

It’s time for the moral of the story. It’s simple: Pick your battles.

Ok, fine. Ferland picked his battle. And lost.

For us on the other side of the bubble we can learn the strategic importance of choosing our battles. We can choose to battle in the comments about how useless/useful (staged) hockey fights are.

Or we can choose to focus on the big picture - the NHL is. They lost sooo much money this summer of the empty rink. Bubble hockey is not profitable. If 24 teams have to divide $90M in revenue, what does the cap mean?

But I digress. Which sadly, appears to be what happened to Ferland. Playoff hockey is a tough game. NM player reviews are tougher.

Overall Grade: F+/-