“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Cody Ferriero

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 26, 2010, the San Jose Sharks drafted Cody Ferriero, the younger brother of current Sharks forward Benn Ferriero, in the fifth round {127th overall} of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“I try to do a little of everything similar to Benn, with a little more physical {play},” said Cody in a 2008 interview with Bill Kipouras of gloucestertimes.com.  “Speed is a part of my game.  I’ve gotten faster the last few years.”

While some scouts were weary of Cody’s maturity and discipline, citing Cody’s tendencies to take a bad penalty and trying to do it all on his own with the puck on his stick, San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke defended the organization’s selection of Cody in an interview with The Mercury News following the draft.

“Feisty kid with real good skill level,” said Burke.  “He’s not six-feet, but he’s built for hockey.  The kid’s got an edge to him.”

Happily following in Benn’s footsteps, Cody played at Shore County Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts, which has an informal hockey program, and The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, for high school in the Independent School League

In four years at The Governor’s Academy, Cody registered 91 points on 50 goals and 41 assists to go along with 251 penalty minutes.  Serving as team captain for the 2009-10 season, Cody set career highs in points {40}, goals {21}, assists {19} and penalty minutes {112} in 27 games played, earning first-team All-ISL honors while leading The Governor’s Academy to an overall record of 14-14-1 {7-7 ISL record}.

During his junior year at The Governor’s Academy, Cody verbally committed to accept a scholarship to Boston College, where Benn won a National Championship in 2008.

“I’m excited about BC, about following Benn,” said Cody in the Kipouras interview.  “He {Benn} felt it was the right fit for me.  It’s where I wanted to go.  I didn’t look around too much.  My heart was pretty much set on BC.”

A couple of weeks before Cody was supposed to be on the Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Cody changed his mind and decided to attend Northeastern University.

“After thinking about it for a while, I looked at a few other schools,” said Cody in a 2010 interview with Jared Shafran of huntnewsnu.com.  “Northeastern was probably my top choice after BC and after a while {Northeastern was} the place I wanted to be.”

One reason Cody decided on Northeastern was that playing in both the Hockey East and staying in the Boston area were important to him.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Hockey East and in the Beanpot,” said Cody in the Shafran interview.  “BU {Boston University} wasn’t really the kind of school I wanted to go to and I’m definitely not smart enough to play at Harvard.  It means a lot to me to play in my hometown around my friends and I’m really excited for it.”

Another reason for Cody’s decision to play at Northeastern was the chance to play under head coach Greg Cronin, who just recently accepted an assistant coaching position with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He’s got pro experience,” said Cody in the Shafran interview.  “All the guys that come out of here are NHL ready right away and he plays smash mouth, NHL style hockey.  NHL GMs {General Managers} respect him, and Tim Burke, who is in player development at San Jose talks very highly of him.” 

Playing in 34-0f-38 games at forward for the Huskies this past season, Cody registered seven points on four goals {two via the power play} and three assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes.  While Cody’s numbers weren’t eye-popping, hockeysfuture.com stated that as a first-year player, Cody was counted on to take care of his own end before anything else and like Benn, Cody is a solid two-way player who is very responsible at both ends of the rink.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to play together in a few years when he gets here {in San Jose},” said Benn in a July 2010 interview with Dan Guttenplan of newburyportnews.com.  Added Cody, “It’s always been a dream to play together in the NHL, and it’s starting to become more real.”

As Benn and Cody eagerly await the day they both play together in teal, their youngest brother Nathan, who just completed his junior year at The Governor’s Academy, has already committed to Northeastern for 2013.  If the stars align correctly, there’s a chance Sharks fans may someday see the “Ferriero Line” take the ice at HP Pavilion.

HIGHLIGHTS

Cody Ferriero scores against New Hampshire  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his second goal of the season against New Hampshire on February 26, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 1:18 mark of the video.

Cody Ferriero scores against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his third goal of the season against Boston University on March 4, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 2:15 mark of the video.

Cody Ferriero scores against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Northeastern”}
In this video clip, Cody scores his fourth goal of the season against Boston University on March 13, 2011.  Cody’s highlight is at the beginning of the video clip.

Cody Ferriero assist against Boston College  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyeastonline”}
In this video clip, Cody registers his first postseason assist on Garrett Vermeersch’s Power Play goal against Boston College on March 18, 2011.  Cody’s highlight starts at the 5:35 mark of the video.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.fearthefin.com, www.mercurynews.com, www.sharkspage.com, www.newburyportnews.com, huntnewsnu.com, www.gonu.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.gloucestertimes.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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