The Sedin twins, the Staal brothers, the Foligno brothers…….doesn’t sound too bad does it? Maybe it is time that the Columbus Blue Jackets joined the trend of having brothers on their roster, and they already have one-half of what could be a tenacious team.
Marcus Foligno cracked the Sabres roster in the 2011-12 season, he played 14 games and had 13 points – scoring 6 goals and adding 7 assists. Since then he has been a regular in Buffalo’s line-up, during last seasons lock-out shortened schedule he scored 5 goals and had 13 assists for a total of 18 points in 47 games played. His numbers have been down this year, and he has somewhat found himself on the outside looking in, as he is not getting much time on the ice. So far he has 5 goals and 7 assists this season in 44 games played – he is a -12 on the year as well.
His stats for the Buffalo Sabres aren’t very impressive to say the least, but what you get in Marcus is a big body (6’3″, 220+ lbs), and someone who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty along the boards and behind the net.
In short, he is blue collared player, which is what both Buffalo and Columbus like to have on their roster. You also get a player whose contract is up at the end of the season – he is on the last year of his 3 year entry level deal.
Another plus, Β he is young but has some NHL experience – at age 22 he has already played in over 100 NHL games. Still caught up on how is stats aren’t that fantastic though, Marcus had a fairly successful junior career – 245 GP with the Sudbury Wolves, 54 goals, 85 assists, for 139 points – there is certainly potential.
The final piece of the equation, the Sabres are knee deep in a rebuild and are ready to shake things up. Are they willing to get rid of a young player like Foligno? It wouldn’t hurt to ask, especially since his role on the team has diminished, and he may welcome a chance to play with his brother Nick.
What would the Blue Jackets have to give up for the younger, bigger Foligno brother? Well, it certainly wouldn’t be a blockbuster deal, and it could easily get done with a low to mid level draft pick (2,3,4) or even a B level prospect, or a combination of the two.
Crazy idea? Or is it just what Nick and Marcus need to spark their game?