Per Bob McKenzie (
@TSNBobMcKenzie), the Flyers have shown interest in UMass-Lowell River Hawks Defenseman Christian Folin. Entering the offseason Folin is considered the top college UFA for teams looking to boost their Defense as the Flyers are.
The Flyers are a team looking to increase their pool of young defenseman; they have started off well by drafting players such as Samuel Morin and Shayne Gostisbehere this young defense can only get better and adding a defensively-stout, puck-moving defenseman like Folin could help shore up the Flyers defense for a long time. Folin is certainly the type of defenseman the Flyers need: a defenseman that can play all situations and has the ability to score occasionally.
Folin has six goals and 1 assists for 16 points so far this season for the River Hawks in 41 games, including two game-winning goals and two game-winning assists. Over his career, Folin has 41 points (12g, 29g) in 79 games. That is not bad at all considering that a point every other game is very good for a defenseman.
Folin is considered a defenseman that is more comfortable in his own end playing the defensive side of the game, but he can still provide some offense. A comparison to modern NHLers would see him kind of like a Matthias Ohlund or Alex Edler. Folin still has two more years to ponder if he wants to continue in UMass or will sign with an NHL team. The River Hawks will attempt to bring UMass their first NCAA championship at the Frozen four in Philadelphia in April. This is a good chance for the Flyers to get a look at how this defenseman plays and it will be on what could become home ice for him if the Flyers do sign him.
The Flyers are not the only team in pursuit of Folin; teams like the Bruins and Senators have also shown interest in the twenty three year old swede. He originally stated that he would play all four years at UMass, but if the NHL offers are big enough he just might decide to come out and play for an NHL team.