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Wild send rookie d-man Folin to minors

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OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 6: Christian Folin #5 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on November 6, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Christian Folin, Minnesota’s prized college free agent signing from a year ago, has been sent down to AHL Iowa. In a related move, the Wild called up veteran d-man Justin Falk.

Folin, 23, was a highly-coveted prospect that inked with the Wild (after 15-20 NHL teams reportedly expressed interest) following two successful seasons with UMass-Lowell. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Folin had the size and skillset to make his NHL debut last season -- appearing in one game -- and made the Wild out of training camp this year.

The Swedish blueliner has appeared in eight contests this season, going scoreless while averaging 14:10 TOI per night. He played just over 11 minutes in Thursday’s 6-3 win over Buffalo.