Bowling Green junior defenseman Mark Friedman has signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Falcons. Friedman was selected by the Flyers in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, 86th overall.
Friedman was a standout for three seasons at Bowling Green, doing a little bit of everything. We ranked Friedman as the 53rd-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this season, with this to say about him:
Friedman continues to be one of the top defensemen in the WCHA. He’s effective in all three zones, and plays in all situations. He doesn’t project as a big offensive point producer at the next level, but should be a capable puck-moving defenseman that plays with a nasty, physical edge.
The natural comparison people tend to make with Friedman, as a slightly smaller defenseman coming out of the NCAA is to current Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere, though that isn’t entirely accurate. Friedman lacks the explosive quickness and offensive abilities that Gostisbehere has, but makes up for it by playing a much more physical game. Friedman projects as a tough defensive defenseman at the pro level, but one whose skating, especially his lateral quickness, allows him to not be a liability in getting the puck out of the zone and up the ice.
Friedman will finish the season with Philadephia’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley, before his contract begins next season.