The Minnesota Wild has signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year, entry-level contact and is expected to join the club in Chicago.
“Christian is a big, mobile defenseman who has a heavy shot and moves the puck well,” said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. “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.”
The 23-year-old recently finished his sophomore season at UMass Lowell where he led River Hawks defensemen with 20 points (4-16=20), including three game-winning goals and two power-play goals, in 41 games, totaling a plus-10 rating and 31 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden helped the River Hawks win the Hockey East conference tournament before ending the season with a loss to Boston College in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final. Folin recorded 21 points (6-15=21) in 38 games during his freshman season, ranking sixth in scoring amongst Hockey East defensemen and Hockey East Freshmen in 2012-13.
Before joining the River Hawks, Folin played two seasons in Minnesota with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), totaling 41 points (12-29=41) in 87 games. In 2011-12, he recorded 31 points (11-20=31) and a plus-45 rating and 50 PIM, being named to the NAHL’s All-Central Division Team. He began the 2010-11 season with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, totaling four points (2-2=4) in 12 games.