Marcus Foligno won’t be suiting up for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers – he will be watching the game from the press box.
The highly touted Left Winger started the season in Rochester, and showed an amazing amount of promise. At the time the National Hockey League kick started its season after a long and drawn out lockout – Foligno was leading the Amerks in production. In 33 appearances wearing red, white, and blue, Foligno had registered ten goals and 17 assists.
That production has not carried over into the NHL this season. With the Buffalo Sabres he has just one goal, and eight points, and is a -5.
It is not surprising that he is struggling, with only 34 NHL games under his belt, he is still transitioning into becoming an NHL player. He is ready for the NHL. Last season he was almost a point per game player – with thirteen points last season in just 14 appearances.
He will watch the game tonight from the press box.
The game is much slower when watching it from so high, so hopefully a night watching his comrades skate against the Florida Panthers might teach the kid a thing or two about the mistakes he is making, and where he can use his size and skill to his advantage.
The parade to the press box will continue under interim head coach Ron Rolston – as he has to work with the team not only to instill his system into the second half of the season, but to also show the players what he expects of them. Rolston coached Foligno in the American Hockey League, so he knows what the young prospect has to offer .
Foligno started the season with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, in the hopes that the trio could continue the success they had last year as a line combination. None of the three have developed into any sort of offensive threat this season. Ennis has been the most successful of the three, with six goals so far this season. Drew Stafford is still looking for his first goal, and he is the highest paid of the three.