NCAA standout Folin to make Wild debut vs. Blues

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Less than two weeks after signing with Minnesota, Christian Folin is set to make his NHL debut.

The Swedish blueliner, who inked a two-year deal with the Wild after two successful seasons as UMass-Lowell, will draw into the Minnesota lineup tonight against the Blues, the team announced.

Folin, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who emerged as one of the most highly sought-after college free agents this spring, per CBCThe Edmonton Journal reported that 15 to 20 teams were interested in acquiring the blue liner and that, following his freshman year, both Ottawa and Vancouver tried to sign him.

“Christian is a big, mobile defenseman who has a heavy shot and moves the puck well,” said Wild assistant general manager 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.”

Per the Star-Tribune, Folin will be paired with Marco Scandella tonight as the Wild will give Jared Spurgeon the night off. It’s also worth noting another player will be making his Minnesota debut tonight — goalie John Curry, who hasn’t played in the NHL since appearing in one game for Pittsburgh during the 2009-10 campaign.