DETROIT >> Landon Ferraro got an opportunity last season with the Detroit Red Wings.
The young center will get another opportunity to stick in the NHL this year, signing a one-year contract on Friday.
It’s a two-way contract. He’ll make $550,000 if he plays in the NHL and $85,000 if he’s assigned to the American Hockey League.
Since he’s out of minor league options, Ferraro will have to make the club out of camp or he’ll have to clear waivers in order to be assigned to Grand Rapids.
Due to an abundance of injuries Ferraro, 22, was just one of a number of forwards that made their NHL debuts last season with Detroit.
He had no points in four games. He had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Once restricted free agent Tomas Tatar is signed the Wings will have 14 forwards, the number they want to carry into the season, on one-way deals.
They could also add Daniel Alfredsson prior to training camp.
Ferraro, who was taken in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, knows his only chance of making the team will how well he can kill penalties.
“(Penalty kill is) where I’m going to have to try and make this team,” Ferraro said after a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. “And be solid five-on-five and then being really good on the PK. That’s where I’m going to have to try and earn my ice time and earn a spot.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock liked what he saw in his brief audition.
“He did a real good job (on the penalty kill),” Babcock said. “I like his speed. He’s got to get stronger, but he’s quick.”
In three seasons with the Griffins, Ferraro, who’s the son of long-time NHLer Ray, has 38 goals and 60 assists.
He scored a career-high 24 goals two years ago.
The Wings still have restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser to get a deal down with prior to training camp.