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Brian Ferlin plans on ramping up offense in bid to make Bruins 09.13.14 at 1:46 am ET
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Brian Ferlin left Cornell a year early to push for a job in Boston. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brian Ferlin left Cornell a year early to push for a job in Boston. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE — As darkhorse candidates to make the Bruins go, Brian Ferlin’€™s numbers won’€™t dazzle the ‘€œthey need a sniper!’€ crowd.

Yet Ferlin, whom the Bruins chose in the fourth round of the 2011 draft (a round after they took Anthony Camara), presents an intriguing case. The Jacksonville native left Cornell to sign with the Bruins after three years of playing in coach Mike Schafer’€™s defensive system, and he feels he has more to give offensively.

While it’€™s good that he aspires to be a better offensive player, his numbers at Cornell weren’€™t bad, especially considering the system the team played. For example, with 13 goals in 32 games as a junior, Ferlin was the only Cornell player to reach double digits in goals scored. As a sophomore, he was second on the team with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists).

His .84 points per game clip as a junior (27 points in 32 games), combined with his two-way play, was enough for the Bruins to encourage the 6-foot-2, 201-pound right wing to turn pro.

“€œAt the end of the day, they left it up to me,” Ferlin said Friday. “They didn’€™t really push me too much one way or another, but after talking to Sweeney and Chiarelli, those guys, they made it really clear that there was obviously opportunity within the organization and I just kind of felt like I was mentally and physically ready to make the jump to the next level.”

Though he’€™s yet to play an AHL game, Ferlin hopes he can make a strong enough push to make himself a realistic candidate to take one of the forward spots that is up for grabs. One thing he has going for him is that he’€™s a right shot, as none of the NHL right wings on Boston’€™s roster are righties. Ferlin is, as are David Pastrnak and Seth Griffith.

Ferlin’€™s also willing to fight, it seems, as he worked on technique with Bobby Robins after a recent informal practice. Robins, Ferlin said, had approached him about it, and Ferlin accepted with the mindset that he should be able to offer anything and everything to the team if it means getting a spot. He’€™s only fought twice before, dating back to his USHL days in 2010. The last fight he got in was against now-Canadiens defenseman Jared Tinordi.

Yet for all the smart hockey he plans to offer and his willingness to drop the gloves, it will be offensive firepower that will round him out as a prospect. It’€™s common for players to be weak in their offensive zone, but not being able to produce offensively ‘€” something that has plagued players like Jordan Caron ‘€” can really hurt players who otherwise have NHL qualities.

“I think that certainly the areas that I needed to work on in my game defensively and playing really solid in all three zones, that’€™s a big thing that coach Schafer emphasizes at Cornell,”€ Ferlin said. “€œI think I definitely came out of there a more well-rounded player, but it’€™s definitely not a run-and-gun offense. You’€™re not taking a bunch of chances. Traditionally, there’€™s not many guys that put up huge numbers there. There’€™s been a lot of pretty good pro players that come out of that program, so I’€™m not too worried about it from that standpoint.

“I think coach Schafer really helped me and he obviously plays a similar system to what the Bruins expect out of their guys — being responsible in all three zones, so I think that will help me really translate over well to the pro game.”

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That’s a wrap: A look at the Bruins’ 2011 draft class 06.25.11 at 2:33 pm ET
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The Bruins’ 2011 draft is in the books Here’s a quick recap of the newest additions to the organization, along with some video:

FIRST ROUND

Ninth overall: Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)

Hamilton fits the cliche of the guy the team couldn’t have expected to be available when they were picking. Many figured the 6-foot-4 defenseman would be a top-5 pick, and when he was there, the B’s grabbed a well-rounded defenseman who figures to be a top-pairing blueliner in the NHL, though Peter Chiarelli figures he needs “at least” another year of seasoning before he plays in Boston. That means a third season in the OHL for Hamilton is a safe bet.

Chiarelli compares the 18-year-old Hamilton to Rob Blake, with Hamilton likening his style to Blake, Jay Bouwmeester and Brent Burns.

There shouldn’t be much pressure on a guy like Hamilton to be rushed. Given how high his ceiling is as a physical, strong-skating and offensively savvy defenseman and the fact that the B’s have good enough blue line depth, the B’s can let him continue to develop without having to rush him to the show.

SECOND ROUND

40th overall: Alex Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)

The 17-year-old Russian can play center or wing, and he scored 34 goals this past season for the Spitfires. Last season was his first in the OHL, and he led all rookies with 20 points in the playoffs.

THIRD ROUND

81st overall: Anthony Camara, LW, Saginaw (OHL)

Camara is the tough guy of the Bruins’ 2011 haul. He totaled 132 penalty minutes this past season for Saginaw, and simply plugging his name into YouTube will yield some OHL bouts of his. Camara stands at 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds. He scored eight goals and had nine assists in 2010-11. He is committed to attend Cornell.

FOURTH ROUND

121st overall: Brian Ferlin, RW, Indiana (USHL)

The first non-OHL player selected by the B’s in this draft, Ferlin scored 25 goals and chipped in 48 assists for Indiana in 2010-11. The Jacksonville native stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds.

FIFTH ROUND

151st overall: Rob O’Gara, D, Milton Academy (HS)

The New York native is set to attend Yale, making it two future Ivy Leaguers chosen by the B’s in this year’s draft. He scored two goals and had seven assists for Milton Academy this past year.

SIXTH ROUND

181st overall: Lars Volden, G, Blue Jr. (Finland)

Though he played in Finland last year, Volden actually hails from Norway. The B’s have now spent sixth-round picks on goaltenders in two straight years, as they added Zane Gothberg with the 165th pick last year. Volden had a 2.46 goals against average and .907 save percentage for Blues Jr. in 2010-11.

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Bruins look outside OHL, grab Brian Ferlin in fourth at 1:14 pm ET
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Turns out the Bruins did scout more than one league, as they went to the USHL pool to grab Jacksonville native Brian Ferlin with the last pick of the fourth round (121st overall). The right-winger stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds. The Bruins’ first three picks, Dougie Hamilton, Alex Khokhlachev and Anthony Camara, all played in the OHL.

In 55 games last season, Ferlin totaled 25 goals and 48 assists for 73 points and 26 penalty minutes. The right wing played a year for Jacksonville of the MJBHL before playing the last two seasons for Indiana of the USHL.

At 19 years old, Ferlin is the oldest member of the Bruins’ draft class.

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