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Marcus Foligno is the NHL’s Rookie of the Month

Apr 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

Marcus Foligno

After scoring 11 points in 11 games and recording a plus-10 rating, Buffalo Sabres winger Marcus Foligno was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for March.

Foligno, 20, was recalled from AHL Rochester on Mar. 9 and made an immediate impact, scoring five goals in his first five games. In addition, he became the third Sabre in franchise history to score seven or more points in his first six games and joined Teemu Selanne and Evgeni Malkin as the only active NHLers to score five or more goals in their first six games.

The son of former Sabres star Mike Foligno (and brother of Ottawa’s Nick Foligno) beat out some pretty stiff competition for the honor. Philly’s Matt Read scored seven goals in 16 games while Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led all rookie scorers with 12 points.

Foligno joins Nugent-Hopkins (Oct/Nov.), Adam Henrique (Dec.), Cody Hodgson (Jan.) and Landeskog (Feb.) as one of just five rookie of the month award winners this season.

  1. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    He is why Zach Kassian was cut loose.

    • vaellis - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Well he wasn’t exactly cut loose, but I expect big things from CoHo next year.

    • warchief65 - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      He wasn’t ” cut loose ” . He was traded , they is a difference . And , Foligno was brought up for defense . Hodgson was brought for scoring . Kass did both .

  2. bagjr387 - Apr 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    He probably wont see the AHL again….

  3. jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    i like this kid, his brother is a d-bag though

  4. warchief65 - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    It’s funny to see all you ” fans ” , who were crying for firing Regier , last month . What happened ? What the Sabres should have done , and they still need to do , is fire Ruff . 14 years in one place is 6 years too long . And , his teams have only make the playoff 6 times , while only going farther than the first round 3 . I don’t expect to see them in the playoffs this year either . Don’t and try to blame ” injuries ” either , every team in this league have to deal with injuries , but the good teams , play through them . That’s from coaching , something that the Sabres lack .

  5. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I realize Kassian was traded not cut. I meant that Buffalo cut ties with a player that they thought would do more than he did. Hodgson was not brought up, he was already in the league. And they needed a center. Have you seen Kassian’s line score in Vancouver since the trade? He averages about 8-12 minutes and since they played Buffalo when he scored he hasn’t scored since. Which is why they traded him or cut him loose from the roster or however you want to put it. As far as the fans who have backed off on the firing of Reiger talk,I still think they need to make changes. Buffalo needs a GM who can build a playoff team and let him hire the coach he wants. We had Mike Keenan and John Tortorella in our system but they never thought them worthy of the job in Buffalo.
    So they left and won the Cup elsewhere. Torts might win another one this year

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