2013 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards: Marcus Foligno
The Buffalo Sabres 2013 season began with high expectations, and ended with nothing but empty Twitter fights atop a smoldering pile of ashes. Now that we've had some time to reflect, we're here to grade every player who wore the blue and gold this season, from Adam to Weber.
#82 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Aug 10, 1991
2012 - Marcus Foligno
Contract: Signed at cap hit of $900,000 through 2013-14.
Report Card Grade in 2012: 8.6
Introduction: When Marcus Foligno was called up from the Rochester Americans in March of 2012, he shocked most Sabres fans with six goals in the final 14 games of the season. The line pairing of Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford, and Foligno had a lot of expectations heading into the 2013 season to see if they could continue the magic they had last season. That magic just didn't appear and the line was broken up a handful of games into the season. Foligno found himself bounced around the lineup all year, eventually ending up on the fourth line by the end of the season. In 47 games, Foligno couldn't match his goal total of last year, falling one short.
Key Stat: Marcus Foligno had the best Corsi/60, which is the on-ice shot differential, among all Sabres this season with 3.67. He is one of three players that had a positive Corsi/60 this season, along with Alexander Sulzer and Christian Ehrhoff.
Thumbs Up: Ever since Foligno has been up with the Buffalo Sabres, he has established himself as a physical forward that isn't afraid to throw the body around. In 2013, Foligno recorded 108 hits which was good for 3rd on the team.
Thumbs Down: Among all players that played for the Sabres this season, Foligno had the third highest percentage of shift starts in the offensive zone, only behind Matt Ellis and Mikhail Grigorenko. This stat starts to lean toward a little bit of shielding that the Sabres may have tried use to get Foligno's offensive game started. It also didn't appear to work much as Foligno's production dropped during the season. He had two long scoring droughts, a 20 game stretch in the middle of the season and a 14 game stretch at the end of the season.
Voting: Using the good old grade school system of A, B, C, D, F, with a A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, grade Marcus Foligno on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him.
How would you grade Marcus Foligno's 2013 season?