It is a household family name in Buffalo, synonymous with what became a trademark leap. These days, the Foligno surname is a hot topic once again -- courtesy of 20-year-old Marcus.
The latest second-generation Foligno -- after brother Nick of the Ottawa Senators -- has been the talk of western New York since he was called up in early March. In nine games, the Sabres rookie had six goals and 10 points to his credit, as well as a plus/minus rating of plus-7.
"It's a great start, so I'm pretty excited," Foligno told reporters on Tuesday. "It's just the confidence I've built from the first game being called up here."
Seven of his points came in his first six NHL games, including a point-less big-league debut in December before he was sent back to the minors. Only two other Sabres in franchise history have found similar success in the same starting stretch: Phil Housley (nine points) and Ray Sheppard (seven).
Additionally, his five goals in those six outings puts him in some select c...