Mark Friedman
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Mark Friedman

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-12-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (86th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Mark Friedman played in two junior A games with the North York Rangers and skated for the Don Mills Flyers midget minor AAA team in the Greater Toronto Metropolitan league. He had no points nor penalties with the Rangers. In 30 games for Don Mills he scored 7 goals with 2 assists and 34 penalty minutes. He skated for the Flyers in the OHL Cup and had 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in seven games. Friedman was selected by Windsor in the 13th round (255th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Friedman skated for the North York Rangers as a 16-year-old as North York reached the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. He scored 9 goals with 18 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 3 assists in 4 playoff games. Friedman committed to playing college hockey at Bowling Green in 2014-15 in November and was selected by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the fourth round (53rd overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

2012-13: Friedman was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for Waterloo in his first USHL season; trailing only Florida Panthers’ prospect Ian McCoshen. He scored 8 goals with 27 assists in 64 regular season games and was +22 with 44 penalty minutes. Waterloo finished third in the Western Conference. Friedman scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in the five-game, first-round playoff series against Fargo.

2013-14: Friedman returned to Waterloo for a second season and played a key role as the Black Hawks finished first in the Western Conference and reached the USHL’s Clark Cup finals. He scored 10 goals with 30 assists and was +22 with 30 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games and was minus-1 with 7 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. Friedman was ranked 124th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the third round (86th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Friedman was one of three defensemen to skate in all 39 games for Bowling Green State University in his freshman season. He scored 2 goals with 17 assists and was +7 with 75 penalty minutes, second only to sophomore Sean Walker. The Falcons finished third in the WCHA and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling 5-2 to Michigan Tech.

2015-16: Friedman was the fourth-leading scorer for Bowling Green in his sophomore season, leading all Falcons’ defensemen with 23 points. He scored 6 goals with 17 assists and was +8 with 40 penalty minutes in 42 games. Bowling Green finished third in the WCHA in the regular season, defeating Bemidji State in a best-of-three quarterfinal series before falling to Minnesota State in the WCHA semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Friedman is an offensive defenseman with room to improve in his own end. After spending an extra year in the USHL, Friedman earned a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie Team and was named Bowling Green’s Co-Rookie of the Year in 2014-15. He built on that success in his second season and continues to hone his overall game with the Falcons. He is an intriguing prospect in an organization suddenly deep in young defensemen.

Future

Friedman had another strong season for Bowling Green in 2015-16 in his sophomore season. The leading scorer amongst Falcons' defensemen, he provided support on the rush while playing a solid game in his own end. He will likely return to Bowling Green for his junior season and projects to being a sound two-way defenseman with some offensive flourishes as a pro.

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