The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to signing an entry level deal with NCAA defenceman Mark Friedman.
Friedman is a 5’10, 196 lbs defenceman who shoots right and is closing out his NCAA career with Bowling Green State University. The 2014 third-round pick by the Flyers is coming of a benchmark season with career highs in goals (8), assists (18) and points (26) in 40 games.
The Flyers are trying to ink the 21-year-old prospect to an entry level deal, he will most likely report to their AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms if he opts not to play another year in the NCAA.
The Toronto, Ontario native is primarily regarded as an offensive defenceman with tremendous potential. Friedman was named Bowling Green’s Co-Rookie of the Year in 2014-15 season, and his play has only improved since.
With Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz pending unrestricted free agents, and Shayne Gostisbehere’s entry-level deal expiring at the end of the season, the Flyers may be looking for a bit of extra blueline depth moving forward.
Friedman likely isn’t ready for the NHL yet, but if the Flyers can lock him down they stand to gain a high-level prospect that could end up being a key piece of their blueline in the future.