Despite a fine showing against the Minnesota Wild, the Buffalo Sabres remain five points behind the division leading Boston Bruins thanks to a Bruins victory over Los Angeles late last night. But that is not the focus of this mornings report. Marcus Foligno is.
Let’s not get too excited, he is still an NHL prospect, a rookie called up from the farm to fill in and play a role for the Buffalo Sabres on their warpath to the promised land, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We all got excited over Luke Adam in the beginning of the season, and well -he’s back on the farm while plenty of other talented players are being brought up to the show.
Last night, I wrote that the Elias Sports Bureau compiled a list of players that scored six or more goals in their first nine career games in the NHL. Marcus Foligno is on that list along with the likes of Selanne, Malkin, Setoguchi, Kovalchuk, and Ovechkin. Not a bad class of players to be categorized with.
We all know why the Buffalo Sabres gives rookies the higher jersey numbers; you have to earn the right to wear a “hockey number”. So call up are usually relinquished sweaters with numbers typically reserved for guys on an offensive line. If the Buffalo Sabres want to continue the progress of Foligno’s career, they will honor the kid in a small ceremony on Monday at practice – similar to the honoring of the naming of the captain and assitants in Europe. Bring dad in, and have him give Marcus a brand new sweater, this one inscribed with the family name, and the family number. Let the kid wear number 17 like dear old dad. If your impressed with the way the kid is playing now; just wait until you tell him he has proven himself worth of a “hockey”number.
Marcus Foligno wore 71 in Portland and Rochester, and wore number 17 while playing for team Canada. His father Mike Foligno wore number 17 for ten seasons with the Buffalo Sabres from 1981-1991. The Buffalo Sabres are a classy organization- this call should be a no brainer.