College Hockey:
Wild signs Massachusetts-Lowell defenseman Folin to two-year deal

Christian Folin celebrates Massachusetts-Lowell’s 2014 Hockey East championship on March 22 at the TD Garden in Boston (photo: Melissa Wade).

The Minnesota Wild has signed Massachusetts-Lowell sophomore defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year, entry-level contact and is expected to join the club in Chicago.

“Christian is an impressive package of size, mobility, and puck-moving ability,” said Wild assistant GM 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.”

Folin was never drafted by an NHL team.

The 23-year-old had 20 points in 41 games (six goals, 14 assists) this season, including three game-winning goals, one short-handed goal and two power-play goals.

Folin recorded six goals and 21 points in 38 games during his 2012-13 freshman season.

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  • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

    I take it that no other photos of this young man were available?

  • Bob Neal

    That Sucks !!

    • Goldenchild

      not for me, I’m a wild fan too

  • Richard Neal

    I hate to see him leave for selfish reasons, having followed Lowell since 1977…. But When you get to this level with these kind of talented players, it happens. I’m sure since he tied his first skates on he wanted to play in the NHL, and now his dream is coming true. Good Luck and God Bless you, Christian! I hope your future is even more successful than your time in Lowell!

  • mahogma

    As a Wild fan, Folin could very well be the type of D-man Minnesota has been looking for, and at 23, he’s a bit old for a sophomore. That said,I’m still more of a college hockey fan than an NHL fan, and I always hate to see anybody leave early,regardless. BTW, I was really impressed with UML’s game this season. Thought they had a slot in the FF cinched.

    • ChuckGandCrew

      Unspoken by many was how injured Lowell was at the end of the season. Their (arguably) 2nd best blueliner (after Folin) was not in the regionals. no word on the injury, but he would have made a hude difference. There were a few games that they were so depleted on the blue line that they only dressed 16 or 17, with a forward (Thompson) playing significant time at D. They even had a DII commitment for next year join the team in Feb, although he got no playing time.

  • jdhockeyboyz

    I follow the Wild as well as college hockey, and it sure would be beneficial for colleges if the NHL didn’t raid their ranks to stock their minor league affiliates. The NHL has rules in place to prevent this talent raid from Canadian major junior ranks, Iwish they would show some respect for the US colleges.

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