It looks like the Philadelphia Flyers may sign another top college free-agent.
Wednesday afternoon, Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) tweeted the following report.
TSN reported the #Flyers are front-runners for the top college free agent Christian Folin, along with the #Wild, #Lightning, and #Oilers.
If that name does not ring a bell, Folin is one of the most sought after college free agents. He is a 23-year-old Swede who plays defense for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Folin is 6’3″, 210 lbs and is a right-handed shot. Through 77 games with UMass-Lowell, Folin has 12 goals and 40 points.
According to EliteProspects.com:
A defenseman of decent size. Has good potential to become a skilled defenseman in the future. Keeps his game fairly simple and uses his body at good opportunities. Has decent offensive qualities, such as his shot, but is at his best in the defensive zone. (Matias Strozyk)
Several scouts believe he is near NHL-ready or could step onto a pro roster immediately, depending on the team. Folin cannot sign or speak with any NHL teams until the River Hawks’ season is over. The River Hawks are in the NCAA Hockey tournament will play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round.
Folin’s hard and heavy shot – he once shot the puck through the net – could be a great asset for the Flyers. He can also move well for a man his size, which could only help him in Craig Berube’s system. Luke Schenn is the only right-handed shot on the Flyers’ defensive unit and with the uncertain futures of Kimmo Timonen, Andrew MacDonald and several other Flyers, having someone with the talent of Folin could help the Flyers build a respectable defensive unit.
Although the Flyers are logjammed at defense right now, they do have a history of turning college free-agents into productive NHL players. Matt Read’s and Erik Gustafsson’s career could lure Folin to Philadelphia. General manager Paul Holmgren could make several moves this off season if Folin wishes to compete for a spot on the Flyers next season. If Folin does choose the Flyers, he will likely sign an amateur tryout contract and will play the remainder of the season with the Adirondack Phantoms. After the AHL season has concluded, he could sign an entry-level deal.