Marcus Foligno has had Buffalo Sabres fans excited for his future since he burst onto the scenes back in 2011-2012 when he put up 13 points in just 14 games. Foligno has lived off of that brief 14 game stint over the last few season’s, despite not coming even close to that production again. If Foligno continues at his current pace this season he’ll finish with roughly 22 points, a far cry from what a lot of people expected. So today’s question to all of you is what are you expecting out of Marcus Foligno in the future? What is his potential with the Buffalo Sabres?
Foligno is a tough nut to crack. At times he looks like a solid second line power forward which is what a lot of fans want to see from
him, but at other times it looks like he could barely crack the 4th line. However, there are a few things we need to take into account when looking at Foligno’s past, current and future.
To begin we’ll start with his lockout shortened season with the Sabres following his impressive 14 NHL game stint. Foligno played in 47 games with the Sabres and finished with 18 points, if he continued at that pace for the full 82 games he would have finished with just under 40 points which is pretty good. While he’s having a tough year right now and will barely reach the 20 point plateau, every young player has streaks and off years.
If Foligno is to develop into a solid power forward he most likely will be similar to a James van Reimsdyk type of player. The Philadelphia Flyers gave up on JVR while he was just 22 which is far too young, and they’re probably regretting that move considering how well JVR is doing in Toronto.
Foligno is just 22 years young, he has plenty of time to develop into the player he is going to be and struggles are only apart of the course you take with a young player. The key thing to remember with Marcus Foligno is the fact that he has yet to play a full 82 game season and that technically makes him a rookie still. He’s played with the Sabres for parts of 3 seasons (this year included), but has yet to play a full season.
How can you judge a 22 year old who has yet to play a full NHL season? Consistency in the NHL comes with time played and Foligno has barely had a cup of water in his NHL career. I refuse to give up on a kid who is just 22 and has yet to complete a full NHL season; you have to give the kid a chance.
Foligno has always been touted as a grinder who specializes in a physical game when he was taken 104th in his draft year, a guy like that isn’t supposed to get a sniff of an NHL career where the Sabres may have found a legitimate NHL contributor.
When thinking about Marcus Foligno, please remember that he is just 22, has yet to play a full 82 game season and still has lots of time to round into form. Where do you see Foligno playing in the future?