NHL Rookie Watch: Marcus Foligno – Buffalo Sabres

MARCUS FOLIGNO Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 08/10/1991
Pos: LW
Age: 21
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 227
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 4th round, 104th overall in 2009 by Buffalo

 OF KUKLA’S KORNER  @DaveDavisHockey

Things sure have changed since last spring, when folks in Buffalo were predicting a future with Foligno following in his dad’s footsteps as the Sabres’ captain.

The lack of point production wouldn’t be as much of an issue if we were still seeing the tenacity along the boards and in front of the net.  This deficiency has periodically earned him demotions to the third/fourth lines and even the press box.

Some people are calling it a sophomore slump even though Foligno is technically still a rookie.  He won’t be in the Calder conversation, but Sabres fans at this point would be happy with performances worthy of a return to near the top of the depth chart.


The Good: Foligno projects as a high-end if not an elite physical player in the NHL due to his big, developed frame and the tremendous physical energy he brings to every shift. Foligno hits anything that moves and drives the net consistently. He’s a significantly improved skater over the last few seasons who is decent for a pro and solid for a bigger player. He also shows fine reads making good decisions and can be a defensive asset.

The Bad: The major question with Foligno is how much offense will he ultimately bring. He doesn’t have pro-average puck skills and his offensive creativity isn’t all that impressive.

Projection: He could be a great third line forward.


The youngest of the Foligno family hockey factory, Marcus, is a bigger, more versatile version of his older brother, although the two organically share many of the same attributes; a Nick Foligno 2.0 if you will. Marcus holds the puck with authority and has a diversified skill set, in that he can play not only both ends of the ice, but also can serve to be an energy checking line player or a top 6 scoring job. He has been firmly entrenched as a linemate to Drew Stafford, as their chemistry has been quite transparent. He certainly has the potential to surpass the 15 goal per year scoring rate that Nick has maxxed out at during his 5+ year career to date, having notched 10 goals in a mere 33 game sample size in the AHL during the lockout. At the NHL level, he has been producing at a rate well above a point every other game.

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VIDEO: Marcus Foligno Compilation “Won’t Be Stopped”

Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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