Though he was released from Oilers' training camp, Brett Ferguson's story doesn't end there. Ferguson will move on to play for the University of Alberta Golden Bears for the 2011-12 season. Ferguson is worth keeping an eye on as his career progresses, his final season in the WHL was a beauty and he wasn't out of place at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton. It's a shame he felt he needed to make an impression via a staged fight rather than allow his game to do the talking, but hopefully a few years of CIS hockey will give him a second shot at the show. He also has additional time to develop, something many players need, even after they turn 20. As Rob Daum put it:
"You’ve got players that come here out of major junior and they’ve been scouted for four or five years, some of them. But to think a player doesn’t develop after they turn 20 years old is absurd. I mean, what’s the American Hockey League for? What we have here are guys who are potentially late bloomers, some of them mature physically at a later time, and they continue to develop as players; there’s no question about that."
The CIS needs a couple of new success stories and if Ferguson is already on the Oilers radar, he's got a leg up in the competition. In the meantime, perhaps he'll get the opportunity to take in a lecture by our own Bruce McCurdy.