The European adventure will continue for Landon Ferraro, who has signed a short-term deal with Frankfurt of the German second league. The contract only covers the next two months as the team deals with an injury to Stephen MacAuley, one of their most important offensive players. Ferraro spent last season in the DEL with Berlin as he tried to get his career back on track.
Now 29, the Detroit Red Wings second-round pick has had a long and winding professional career. He has played in 84 career NHL games, including two in the 2017-18 season for the Minnesota Wild. He was with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in 2018 when he needed multiple surgeries and ended up playing just 12 games during the 2018-19 season. A professional tryout with the Vancouver Canucks didn’t result in a contract last year, meaning it was off to Europe for a new chapter.
Despite his NHL career not quite living up to expectations, there are few in the game who would speak an ill word about the forward. Ferraro was named the Iowa Wild’s Man of the Year for the 2018-19 season even despite his few games played and he ended up taking home the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award that year for community involvement.
After scoring just 21 points in 40 games last season for Berlin, it seems unlikely that Ferraro will ever return as an impact player in the NHL. That doesn’t, however, mean you won’t see his name pop up at some point on an AHL roster. This two-month contract would leave him enough time to jump into AHL training camp if the league does move forward with their plans for a February start.