Its in Foligno's Bloodlines
We shouldn’t be surprised with Marcus Foligno’s early success in the NHL, should we? He has the bloodlines going for him, right? The son of former Sabre Mike Foligno and younger brother of Nick Foligno who plays for Ottawa has looked extremely comfortable in his second stint with the Sabres this season and looks like a player who has seen the last of the minors.
The 20 year old winger is part of the instant chemistry generated by a line with Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis. Foligno has 5 goals and 2 assists in 6 games and is averaging close to 15 minutes of ice time. His size and desire is evident when he goes to the net and that has paid off in 4 of his 5 goals. But Foligno also showed off a pretty good shot when he scored against Colorado from the left face off circle.
The team’s 4th round pick in the 2009 draft had Sabres fans talking about him and his bright future following a strong season in juniors last season which included a chance to see him up close and personal with Team Canada during the World Junior Championships.
At 6-2 215 Foligno certainly has size but we’re learning he has some skill too. The Sabres already knew that and its one of the reasons they were able to part with Zack Kassian in the trade that brought Cody Hodgson to town.
The Sabres believe Foligno can play the power forward role all of us were expecting Kassian to provide. During his weekly appearance on the WGR morning show, Lindy Ruff said Foligno wasn’t ready to play in the NHL at the beginning of the season but now he sees a big man who loves to go to the net. Ruff added that some guys don’t like to go there but for Foligno, it’s the first place he goes. If he keeps this up, one place he won’t be going is back to Rochester and the AHL.