The Mallards are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights and the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
Follmer, 30, returns to the Quad Cities after playing for the Mallards for the bulk of the 2015-16 campaign and in one game early last season. The St. Paul, Minn. native spent most of last season with the Fort Wayne Komets, for whom he scored 13 points (4g-9a) in 39 games.
Follmer picked up 16 points (7g-9a) in 41 games with the Mallards in 2015-16. He began that season by playing three games for the Allen Americans.
As a rookie in 2014-15, Follmer tallied 18 points (10g-8a) in 45 games with the Americans. He skated in four playoff games as Allen claimed the 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup title.
Follmer, who was sidelined for the 2013-14 season by a hip injury, played four seasons at Northern Michigan before turning professional. He notched 67 points (15g-52a) in 152 career collegiate games. He enjoyed his most productive season as a junior when he scored four times, produced a team-leading 22 assists and recorded 26 points after being named to the 2012-13 Central Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason All-Conference Second Team. In addition, Follmer was a 2009-10 CCHA All-Rookie honorable mention selection.
Follmer arrived at NMU after three junior seasons in the United States Hockey League, where he played for the Sioux City Musketeers and Lincoln Stars.