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Flyers prospect Friedman skips senior season, turns pro

2014 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Mark Friedman is selected 86th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Mark Friedman, the Bowling Green defenseman taken 86th overall by Philly at the ’14 draft, has signed his entry-level contract, per

Friedman, 21, just wrapped his junior campaign with an impressive eight goals and 26 points in 40 games. He led all Bowling Green blueliners in scoring, and finished just three back of newly signed ‘Hawks d-man Luc Snuggerud for most goals (by a defenseman) in the country.

Though he’s not as ballyhooed as Philly’s other defensive prospects -- AHLers Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin, Robert Hagg and star rookie Ivan Provorov -- Friedman could challenge for a spot next season, which might explain why he opted to balk on returning for his senior campaign.

There figures to be some significant changeover for the Flyers: Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz could walk in free agency, and it’s possible a guy like Brandon Manning may be claimed by Vegas in the expansion draft.