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NCAA standout Folin to make Wild debut vs. Blues

Apr 10, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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Less than two weeks after signing with Minnesota, Christian Folin is set to make his NHL debut.

The Swedish blueliner, who inked a two-year deal with the Wild after two successful seasons as UMass-Lowell, will draw into the Minnesota lineup tonight against the Blues, the team announced.

Folin, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who emerged as one of the most highly sought-after college free agents this spring, per CBCThe Edmonton Journal reported that 15 to 20 teams were interested in acquiring the blue liner and that, following his freshman year, both Ottawa and Vancouver tried to sign him.

“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.”

Per the Star-Tribune, Folin will be paired with Marco Scandella tonight as the Wild will give Jared Spurgeon the night off. It’s also worth noting another player will be making his Minnesota debut tonight — goalie John Curry, who hasn’t played in the NHL since appearing in one game for Pittsburgh during the 2009-10 campaign.

  1. purpleguy - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Sounds like they’re also playing Heatley, Rupp and the Iowa call-up goalie. Looks like I’ll be watching the Gopher game. . . .

  2. lordfletcher - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Russo wrote a fantastic article on him and how Fletcher worked his magic in signing the kid by respecting his wishes to be left alone all season. Everything that I have read about him makes me think this signing is bigger than most feel. He could really blossom into something great with this franchise. Potential top pairing in a year or so

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I really like this signing. The wild have a solid D unit which could become something really special over the next few years. A very young group including some young vets like Spurgeon, Blum (who has looked like a very smart signing), Scandella; young developing/emerging talent in this new kid, Dumba, *BRODIN*; and then you have the veteran leader in Suter (one of the best in the league). Even the home grown talent Prosser, who I like when he’s playing with a big chip on his shoulder (he often does), deserves mentioning.
    No wonder our carousel of goalies has had sustained success. That D group might produce a Vezina winner before long.

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