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Wild sign college free agent Christian Folin

Mar 31, 2014, 11:07 PM EST

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The Minnesota Wild won the Christian Folin sweepstakes, as they announced the signing of college free agent defenseman on Monday. It’s a two-year entry level contract.

Folin, who stands six-foot-three-inches tall and weighs in at 215 pounds, is expected to join the National Hockey League team in Chicago during its current road trip.

Folin, in his second year with UMass-Lowell, was highly sought after as the top of the college free agent class, as per CBC. Less than two weeks ago, the Edmonton Journal reported that 15 to 20 teams were interested in acquiring the blue liner, and that following his freshman year, the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks were both working to get him signed.

“Christian is a big, mobile defenseman who has a heavy shot and moves the puck well,” said Wild assistant general manager Brent Flahr in a statement. “He plays a very mature game that we feel should allow him transition to the NHL very quickly. We’re very excited to have Christian join the Wild and further add to our group of emerging young players.”

This season with UMass-Lowell, Folin led all River Hawks defensemen in scoring with six goals and 14 assists in 41 games.

Below is a video clip of Folin driving a puck through the net on a slap shot against Vermont (at the :10 mark). The video is courtesy Hockey East Online.

More to come…

  1. lordfletcher - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    What’s this… a somewhat skilled right shot defenseman.

    Than you Santa!!!

  2. twinwildflyer - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    He has size too, hopefully that means Stoner is out of the lineup. I can’t stand watching him turn the puck over

  3. strictlythedanks - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Noice

  4. Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    A pretty big improvement for a 23-year-old who went undrafted before his freshman year of college, but signing this way makes him ineligible for the post-season.

    Entry-level money is capped, so Folin basically had his choice between Lightning, Flyers, Wild, Kings, Bruins, and ‘Hawks. Apparently the main reason he chose the Wild is because they agreed to burn a year off of his entry-level contract.

    All stuff that should have been in the article.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Interesting about them agreeing to burn a year of his deal, where was that reported? Certainly the max ELC stuff has been well known for awhile, but just who exactly was in on him this year after Ottawa and Vancouver were so close to signing him in previous years and why he chose the Wild would be interesting to see as well.

  5. guitarhunterdude - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Should be a solid bottom-pairing guy next year in the place of Prosser. Figure something like

    Suter-Spurgeon
    Scandella-Blum
    Brodin-Folin

    With the bottom two pairs being interchangeable depending on whether Brodin or Scandella is playing better. Should help take some minutes off of Suter’s plate, anyway; he’s been invisible from fatigue lately. I’d like to see him around 25-26 next year, and I think we should have the talent to pull that off.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      Dumba could easily be in the mix as well

      • guitarhunterdude - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Not likely. He could use a full year in the AHL. I see him being the first injury callup.

    • clarke16 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Spurgeon really needs to pull his head out because he’s started to become a real liability with turnovers leading to goals in his own end. Two more last night–leading to BOTH of the King’s goals…and this is now happened consistently for him since the Blues game. It’s starting to make me long for Stoner to come back for the love of God…

  6. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    I was really hoping the flyers were gonna sign him. Future of the wilds D just got even better.

    • hockeyfan28 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      The flyers have the best defenseman in college hockey in their pipeline they aren’t hurting

  7. bfile73 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Professor Fate,

    Every team was offering same deal, it’s not rocket science.

    • clarke16 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      LOL. Duh? I think that was his point there, Clifford…

  8. patshal - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Interesting

  9. entitymn - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Noob Q: How does a really talented college player get to be a free agent, as opposed to being drafted?

    • elvispocomo - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Because they hadn’t shown yet they were really talented when they were eligible to be drafted?

  10. purpleguy - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Interesting how the guy has already played juniors for 2 years in Austin MN.

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