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09-10-2012, 11:43 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: Trade with Ottawa (in exchange for Marc Methot), July 1st, 2012
Analysis: Nick Foligno was the Senators' first round pick, 28th overall, at the 2006 NHL draft. The son of former NHLer Mike Foligno, Nick's brother Marcus is also a professional hockey player, currently in the Buffalo Sabres' system. Another guy brought in for his combination of character and skill, Foligno is yet another guy who was lost in the shuffle with his former team. Typically placed into third line roles, Foligno's point totals would have placed him second on the Blue Jackets in scoring last year, had he posted the same numbers here. Over the course of his 5 years in the NHL, Foligno has scored 61 goals and 148 points in 351 games. Combining great effort and hard checking on the forecheck, his up and down style is best suited for a complimentary role; however he was crucial to the success the Senators enjoyed last season due to the fact that he did provide some very good depth scoring. It may sound like redundancy at this point, but Foligno is another guy that can play on both the powerplay and penalty kill, and should excel at both.
Pros: Still maturing, his best years are yet to come; physical, two-way tangibles, underrated offensive skill
Cons: Will probably play in a role he isn't ready for; will he be able to score at the same pace on a worse team? Streaky scorer.
Realistic Expectations: I fully expect Nick to be another young leader on this team. He's a team first guy that does all of the little things pretty well, and seems like he wants to be here for all of the right reasons. As far as the new additions up front, I think Nick is likely the most talented overall, and should be primed for a first line role on the team we have right now. I'm a little bit skeptical as to whether or not he will be able to produce enough to help us be successful immediately, however with three first round picks and plenty of young forwards coming up, this guy will not only set an example of work ethic, but will also be a great complimentary guy that can do just about everything, while also putting up points. I think he's still on the upswing of his career, and it's not out of reason that he could be a 60-70 point player alongside some legitimate talent. I call this trade a win for both teams, as both teams not only addressed needs, but also brought in underrated guys.
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