Coming a long way from when he was first drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Flyers prospect Mark Friedman is no amateur when it comes to adversity. Fresh out of his freshman year at Bowling Green University, the 19-year old from Toronto is excited to get back on the ice at this year’s development camp.
After a successful first year with the Falcons, Friedman is still eager to improve his game and he expressed his expectations for camp.
“Coming here I’m like a sponge. I want to soak up everything...learn everything I can from the coaches. I want to take everything I possibly can away from the camp.”
Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as well as being named Bowling Green’s co-Rookie of the Year, Friedman proved why he was chosen by the Flyers organization last year. Playing a pivotal role on the team, Friedman helped lead the Bowling Green defense that ranked second in the country on the penalty kill.
Friedman explained how being placed in a lot of different and crucial situations during the year as a freshmen has made him a better player.
“Being put in those positions as an 18-19 year old really helped build my confidence. Going in for a power play or penalty kill as a freshman helped me prepare for my next three years there.”
Not only was Friedman key when it came to blocking shots, a team-best 64 to be exact, he was not exactly shy around the net. He tied for a team-high with 17 assists during his rookie campaign, which verified his capability on the ice. Friedman also added two goals which helped him finish the season tied for seventh among WCHA defensemen in points, as well as tied for seventh among freshmen overall.
Although it is hard to ignore his accomplishments on the ice, Friedman explained he is most proud of how he has developed off of the ice, adding: “Going to school you really mature as a person and it just happens that I was there playing hockey so I was able to mature as a player as well. By the time I finish here I want to be a really good hockey player but an even better person.”
Friedman’s willingness to learn is what continues to help him become a better player. Since being drafted, Friedman hopes that his experience at BGSU will help him develop and prepare for his future hockey career with the team that drafted him 86th overall.
When asked what he hopes to learn and build on at this year’s camp, he simply replied:
“Everything. Whatever the coaches say I listen to. They know what they are talking about. My goal is to take on everything they say and like I said soak it up.”
Watch Mark Friedman and other prospects competition at the 2015 Trial on the Isle below...