2007-08: Marcus Foligino was acquired by the Sudbury Wolves in the 2nd round (39th overall) in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. In 66 games, he totaled 11 points (5g+6a) in his freshman OHL campaign.
2008-09: Foligno returned to Sudbury (OHL) this season, scoring 12 goals and 30 points in 65 games. His penalty minutes jumped this season (96), nearly tripling from last year’s total of 38. Played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2009-10: Captain Sudbury was unable to take any real leap forward in his 3rd season with the Wolves. While he saw a large jump in his PIM, the son of former NHL'er Mike Foligno, was unable to see any more production offensively, with only 2 more goals and 7 more assists than the previous season.
2009-10: Foligno battled through what was an emotional season both personally and for the entire Sudbury organization. Janis Foligno, Marcus' mother and the wife of Sudbury GM Nick Foligno, succumbed to cancer in July. Following a slow start, Nick Foligno returned to coaching as well as handling the GM duties and the team turned things around a bit – qualifying for the OHL playoffs despite finishing last in the Central Division. Marcus played a more physical role in his third season with the Wolves – leading the team with 156 PMs while scoring 14 goals with 25 assists. His -3 plus/minus was actually one of the better ones on a Wolves team that gave up 74 more goals than it scored. In the four-game playoff sweep loss to Barrie, Foligno scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 6 PMs.
2010-11: Foligno was among the leading scorers for Sudbury in his fourth season as the Wolves escaped the Central Division cellar and advanced to the second round of the OHL playoffs. Foligno was a team captain for the Wolves and was also selected to play for Canada at the World Junior U-20 tournament. Despite missing time with a knee injury and playing just 47 games, Foligno was the third leading point-getter for Sudbury, scoring 23 goals with 36 assists. Foligno was one of only three Sudbury regulars with a positive plus/minus rating (+5) and was third on the club with 92 PMs. In 8 OHL playoff games he scored 2 goals, both on the power play, with one assist and was -10 with 24 PMs. Foligno played all seven games for silver medal-winning Team Canada at the WJC tournament and he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 2 PMs. Foligno signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo in May 2011.
2011-12: Foligno made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old – skating for the Sabres in their December 20th game against Ottawa before being returned to Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester. He was re-called in March and finished the season with the Sabres. Foligno scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was plus-six with 9 penalty minutes while averaging just under 16 minutes of ice time in 14 games with Buffalo. Foligno skated in 60 AHL games with Rochester and was the team's fourth-leading scorer with 16 goals and 23 assists. He had a team-high plus-19 plus minus while also racking up 78 penalty minutes (third most). Rochester finished second in the North Division. Foligno and center Philip Varone each had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead the Amerks in the three-game playoff series with the Toronto Marlies.
A forward with endless amounts of energy and a penchant for scoring big goals, Foligno is a spark plug who is much better suited for the third-line. While Foligno possesses enough offensive ability to see some spot-duty on the powerplay, he is much more effective as a forechecker and penalty killer.
Foligno has all but locked up a spot with the Sabres on a line with Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis. In the future, Foligno will a mainstay in the Sabres’ top-nine rotation.