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06-25-2011, 01:08 PM
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With Byron traded does Foligno get a look at center?

I know many are projecting him, like Adam, as a LW in the NHL. But with Byron traded and Adam possibly getting a look on the NHL roster. They need a center or two in Rochester next year.

What have Devine and Regier had to say about where they see him?

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Not a fan of throwing guys into the center role when they haven't played it their whole lives. It is making them do something they are not comfortable with which just hurts their overall development IMO. If the Sabres want centers, go out and get real centers. Don't hurt a kids development by making him learn something he has never done before in a critical stage of his career.

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Not a fan of throwing guys into the center role when they haven't played it their whole lives. It is making them do something they are not comfortable with which just hurts their overall development IMO. If the Sabres want centers, go out and get real centers. Don't hurt a kids development by making him learn something he has never done before in a critical stage of his career.
Foligno is a center and has played center his entire junior career. This isn't an experiment to turn him into one.

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Rochester is certainly the place to experiment. I'll be going to many, many games next year, so I'll report

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Foligno is a center and has played center his entire junior career. This isn't an experiment to turn him into one.
Are you sure?

I heard from somewhere (Bakes maybe?) that he struggled in the season after the draft and they put him back on wing so that he could concentrate on playing his game rather than having to focus on too many things.

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I don't think so. And why are you specifically thinking about Foligno when it comes to moving a player to Center? I don't think he has too many traits that make him a perfect fit for this position, is it just his size and leadership?

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While we're at it, Kassian took faceoffs for Canada at the Under 20 tournament. We should try him out as a center. I figure it's worth a shot.

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We should just trade one of our prospect defensemen for a prospect center. Something like Nick Crawford for David Ullstrom (Bridgeport).

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Are you sure?

I heard from somewhere (Bakes maybe?) that he struggled in the season after the draft and they put him back on wing so that he could concentrate on playing his game rather than having to focus on too many things.
I was under the impression it was the knee injury he suffered that caused his struggles. That he was playing great leading up to hi making the Nats. He injured his knee aft6er that time and thats when he struggled.

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I don't think so. And why are you specifically thinking about Foligno when it comes to moving a player to Center? I don't think he has too many traits that make him a perfect fit for this position, is it just his size and leadership?
I was under the impression he was a center for most of his time in juniors. I know they used him on LW on the Nats playing opposite Kassian. But I will defer to our juniors experts to come in and set me straight.

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I was under the impression it was the knee injury he suffered that caused his struggles. That he was playing great up until that point culmanating with making the Nats.
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I'm not speaking about this season, I'm speaking about the season after the draft (2009-10). I'm pretty sure he played wing this season.

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Recently turned 19-year old Marcus Foligno will head to Sudbury Wolves training camp on Spetember 2nd to begin his first OHL season without his father Mike behind the Wolves bench. Foligno is likely to again skate alongside center John McFarland (FLA) at some point this season, but with new faces dotting the Wolves roster comes the possibility of Foligno starting as the #2 center. Much of that will shake out beginning September 10th when the Wolves open the pre-season against Barrie.
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I'm not speaking about this season, I'm speaking about the season after the draft (2009-10). I'm pretty sure he played wing this season.
I'll will defer to you that he played LW this year since I consider you one of our junior experts.

I really thought Foligno was a center in juniors. If not this past year at least prior to getting drafted and much of the year after. In other words, while he projects out as a better LW, he has played center and will they try him there in Rochester?

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I'll will defer to you that he played LW this year since I consider you one of our junior experts.
Not really, I try to follow the leagues as close as I can, but I don't get to watch many junior games. Most the infos I get are from second hand. Jfb or KB or Chain will clear it up.

I was always under the impression that he was a wing, but now that you brought it up, they have him listed as a center in some places.

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I agree with Sambo I don't think he really has the ability to be a top 6 player at the next level. But, he should at least be a solid 3/4th liner, he finishes all of his checks and has descent hands but scoring will never be his forte. He gives his all every shift and will be relied more for his physicality and defensive game. He was also playing Center last year which wasn't his natural position and this season appears much more comfortable on left wing. Also he is closer to 6'3-6'4 than he is to 6'1.


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I'll will defer to you that he played LW this year since I consider you one of our junior experts.

I really thought Foligno was a center in juniors. If not this past year at least prior to getting drafted and much of the year after. In other words, while he projects out as a better LW, he has played center and will they try him there in Rochester?
Nick Foligno was a center in juniors.

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Center was already an organizational weakness before the Byron trade, I don't see it having any effect on Foligno; he will stay projected to be on the wing. Like buffaloed said, Nick played some center, Marcus was always a winger afaik.

edit: apparently Marcus did get some time at center but was much more comfortable on the wing

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Not really, I try to follow the leagues as close as I can, but I don't get to watch many junior games. Most the infos I get are from second hand. Jfb or KB or Chain will clear it up.

I was always under the impression that he was a wing, but now that you brought it up, they have him listed as a center in some places.

Edit: That should clear it up:

So he played both positions (LW/C) in juniors but is a better winger.

EDIT: I guess my question still stands though. With the dirth of centers in the organization do they take a look at him there? They've tried Ennis in the past even though he is a better winger. Wouldn't hurt anything to let him have another go at it. He is certainly a more confident and developed player now then he was the first time he tried center.


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They may try him there but I'd rather they break him in on LW.

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Well, going along with my opinion on Adam, if they think he has a chance to play center at the NHL level then give him a shot for the Amerks. What I would be concerned about is stunting his development. If he's less comfortable as a center, then he may only develop into say, a 4th line center instead of a 3rd line winger and I'm not sure the payoff would be worth it. It all depends, obviously, on their developmental program for Foligno and how he responds to it.

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