Marcus Foligno
Marcus Foligno
27-Year-Old Left WingLW
Minnesota Wild
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The lesser Foligno brother saw his average ice time drop to a career low last year, but he still managed to scrounge up exactly 23 points for the third straight season. The very definition of a grinder, the 26-year-old has averaged over 200 hits over the last five seasons and topped 70 PIM in each of the last three, but his offensive limitations restrict him to the fourth line and keep him completely out of the mix for power-play time. The Wild like his contributions while in a checking role, but don't expect that role to change. Read Past Outlooks
$Foligno signed a four-year, $11.5 million contract with the Wild in September of 2017.
Collects first point of new month
LWMinnesota Wild
March 6, 2019
Foligno dished out an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss in Nashville.
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Foligno finally got back in the point column after he had been pointless in his last nine contests. The 27-year-old found Eric Fehr in front, and pushed his season point total to 16 in 67 games. The fact that Foligno received just 12:19 of ice time and still had an assist, two hits and two blocks shows he can produce in a limited role going forward.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:50
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:46
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:28
0:09
1:10
2017–18
10:52
0:16
0:00
2018–19
11:50
0:03
1:46
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The good news is that Foligno has improved every season, but the bad news is that he’s done so only incrementally. He’s scored 23 points in each of the past two seasons, but the 25-year-old has offered very few indications that he’s capable of more. He does, however, play a very physical game, having ranked second among forwards with 279 hits last year, and Foligno’s ability to create room for his linemates is a definite asset. Traded to out of Buffalo to Minnesota in the offseason, Foligno may get more opportunities to produce offense under Bruce Boudreau, but it’s going to be hard for him to work his way into the top-six mix unless the Wild are hit with injuries
After three straight years of trying to prove that he was more than just a fourth-line grinder, Foligno broke through this past season by setting career highs with 10 goals and 23 points while continuing to display his customary physical edge (193 hits). He’s just 24 years old, so his best seasons are still ahead of him, and if he can score 20 goals without sacrificing the physical edge he plays with, he could be a very valuable fantasy player. For now, he has to prove that there's still room for growth in his game, and it’s quite possible we'll see that with the rest of the Sabres’ young players coming into their own.
Entering the final season of his two-year deal, Foligno is still looking for a break out after scoring eight goals and 20 points in 2014-15, making it the third straight year that he's improved his point totals by just one point. Foligno played in 57 games due to a hand injury and never seemed to find his niche on the team, frequently spending time as a healthy scratch. He's expected to play a third-line checking role this season, but can't afford to be inconsistent or he'll risk losing his spot in the lineup.
Despite a disappointing season that saw Foligno net only 19 points in 74 games, the Sabres extended the promising young forward with a two-year contract this summer. Given his lack of offensive output, the move speaks to Foligno’s potential and the faith the Sabres have in him. The Sabres are a much better team when Foligno can contribute, as he is arguably the team’s most physical forward. In 135 career NHL games, Foligno has 50 points and 132 penalty minutes. Much of Foligno’s production will depend on where he plays in the lineup, but there’s no denying the son of famed Sabre Mike Foligno has the ability to become a complete player.
More was expected of Foligno than what he delivered last season, just 18 points in 47 games following a promising late-season debut in 2011-12. There remains a ton of upside here, and the intangibles he brings should keep him in the lineup every night. He’s also willing to drop the gloves, and shows some decent value in PIM leagues, posting 41 last season and an additional 38 in 33 AHL games during the lockout. Don’t expect Foligno to be an offensive juggernaut, but it’s not out of the question for him to approach the 40-point mark, especially if he once again finds chemistry with line mates Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis.
Foligno became a fan favorite in Buffalo after being recalled from AHL Rochester in March, recording 13 points in 14 games. He found instant chemistry on a line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, and he'll likely get an opportunity to produce right out of the gate in 2012-13. He won't continue to produce at a point-per-game clip, but has established himself as a player of interest, especially in keeper leagues.
Foligno, the son of ex-Sabre Mike Foligno, enjoyed the best juniors season of his young career in 2010-11. He signed an entry-level deal with the Sabres this offseason and will get his first taste of pro hockey this year with Buffalo's new AHL affiliate in Rochester, where a lot of eyes will be on him.
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Producing in limited role
LWMinnesota Wild
February 27, 2019
Foligno has four points and four blocks while averaging 13:27 in his past five games.
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Gets Gordie Howe hat trick
LWMinnesota Wild
February 9, 2019
Foligno recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick Saturday in New Jersey by virtue of picking up a goal, an assist and a fighting major.
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Emerges for rare point
LWMinnesota Wild
January 21, 2019
Foligno scored his second goal of 2019 in Monday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
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Held off scoresheet in home loss
LWMinnesota Wild
December 19, 2018
Foligno finished Tuesday's 4-0 loss to San Jose with two hits and two blocked shots.
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No points in gutsy performance
LWMinnesota Wild
November 22, 2018
Foligno failed to record a point in Wednesday's 6-4 win against the Senators.
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