Like father, like son. The Sabres can only hope that will be true for players named Foligno.
Mike Foligno was a very good player for the Sabres in the late 1980s. He was traded to the Maple Leafs in December 1990, so Marcus was on the way at the time of the deal. Even so, Marcus showed his loyalty to Buffalo when he was born here the following summer.
Dad eventually became a coach for Sudbury in the Ontario Hockey League, and Marcus wound up there as well. He played for the Wolves for four seasons, improving all along the way. Foligno finished 2010-11 with 59 points in 47 games.
The Sabres had been watching him and drafted Marcus 104th overall in 2009. They signed him to a contract in May 2011.
Foligno was good when he started the season in Rochester. When he got a chance to play in Buffalo, he excelled. The forward had 13 points in 14 games at the end of last season. It looks as if Marcus has a chance to be a big part of the Sabres’ future.
– Budd Bailey
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