This year’s college FA class is rather weak, especially since it doesn’t look like Miami’s Austin Czarnik is leaving school, but Folin is the top name available from the NCAA free agents.
Folin can do a little of everything but other than his physical game he doesn’t stand out in a ton of areas. He’s big, strong and hits so physically even for a college player he should make the physical transition to the pros somewhat easily. Folin is an above-average skater who is mobile in all directions and has a quick first step. He moves the puck fine, and with his skating can be dangerous activating on the power play or jumping into a rush. He won’t do a ton when handling the puck though and while he’s solid defensively he likely doesn’t project as a tough minutes NHL defenseman.
The 23 year old likely should be in the NHL either right away or very soon. He projects as a fringe #4/ good#5 defenseman who can contribute on the lower units on both special teams.