Buffalo Sabres’ fourth-round selection (104th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a multi-year, entry-level NHL contract with Buffalo on May 25, 2011.
2011-12: Posted a remarkable 13 points (6+7) in 14 games with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) as part of an incredible rookie campaign… Earned four recalls to the Sabres… Finished fourth on the team in scoring with 39 points (16+23) in 60 games with the Amerks… Led all Amerks and placed fourth among AHL rookies with a +19 on-ice rating… Had a team-high five game-winning goals… Added three points (2+1) and four PIM in three playoff appearances for Rochester, finishing tied for the team lead in postseason scoring… Had a five-game point streak (3+5) from 4/10 to 4/21… Scored his first postseason goal in his professional playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toronto on 4/19… Named the Amerks’ Rookie of the Year as voted by the Booster Club and the winner of the Game-Winning Goals Award… Ended the regular season on a three-game point streak (2+3)… Collected three points (2+1) and was +3 against Syracuse on 4/13 to earn first star honors… Collected two assists (his fourth multi-point NHL game) in Buffalo’s 6-5 overtime win over Toronto to earn first star honors… Named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March after recording 11 points (6+5) and a +10 rating in 11 games for the Sabres, helping Buffalo finish the month with an 8-1-2 record since his March 9 recall… Had a five-game point streak (5+2) with the Sabres from 3/10 to 3/19… Netted a pair of goals in Buffalo’s 7-3 rout over Tampa Bay on 3/19, becoming just the third player in Sabres history to collect seven points in his first six NHL games (Phil Housley and Ray Sheppard)… Foligno also became just the third player among active NHLers to score five goals through his first six games (Pittsburgh’s Evengi Malkin and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne)… Registered his first multi-goal NHL game with a pair of tallies against Colorado on 3/14… Notched his first career NHL assist on Tyler Ennis’ first goal of the game in a 3-2 Sabres overtime win over Montreal on 3/12… Scored his first career NHL goal against Ben Bishop in Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on 3/10… Had a six-game assist streak (0+8) from 1/28 to 2/10… Recorded two assists and was +4 at Syracuse on 2/04… Scored a pair of goals against Hamilton on 1/14… Had a three-game assist streak (0+4) from 12/28 to 1/06… Assisted on a pair of goals and was +3 at Oklahoma City on 12/28… Recorded his first professional multi-point game (1+1) and was +2 against Lake Erie on 12/21… Made his NHL debut in Buffalo’s 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at ScotiaBank Place on 12/20, recording one shot in 13:19 of ice time… First NHL game saw him skate opposite his older brother, Nick, a former forward for the Sens… Earned his first career NHL recall from the Buffalo Sabres on 12/19… Had a three-game point streak (2+1) from 12/04 to 12/10… Scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse on 11/16… Assessed a two-game suspension by the AHL for his actions in a game vs. Grand Rapids on 10/16… Scored his first pro goal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 10/13… Made his pro/AHL debut at Hamilton on 10/08
2010-11: Contributed three points (2+1) and a team-high 24 PIM in eight playoff games with Sudbury… Completed fourth season with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL), capturing career-highs in goals (23), assists (36) and points (59) to finish third on the team in scoring… Scored 11 goals on the power-play, second most among Wolves skaters, while averaging 1.26 points per game… Finished first on the team and second in the league with five shorthanded goals… Named to the OHL’s Second All-Star Team… Selected as OHL Eastern Conference’s “Best Body Checker” in the OHL Coaches Poll… 2009-10: Appeared in four OHL playoff games, recording three points (1+2)… Posted career-highs in games played (67) and penalty minutes (156), finishing second on the team and 10th in the league in that category… Collected 39 points on 14 goals and 25 assists to place sixth on the team in scoring… 2008-09: Had a productive sophomore season with the Wolves, registering 30 points (12+18) in 65 games… 2007-08: One of Sudbury’s top five rookies despite notching 11 points (5+6) in 66 games… INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp… Named to Team Canada for the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, earning a Silver Medal… Recorded two goals and two assists in seven games
Son of former Buffalo Sabre and NHL star Mike Foligno… Younger brother of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno… Played for his father his first three seasons in Sudbury… Mike Foligno is a veteran of 1,018 career NHL games with Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Florida