Another day and more players called up to the Buffalo Sabres from the Rochester Americans. The Amerks returned from Texas today and good news awaited Derek Whitmore and Marcus Foligno as both players are on their way to join the Sabres.
Whitmore has played in 272 regular season games between the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans and will finally get his shot at the show he has worked so hard for. In 29 games this season with the Amerks he has scored 13 goals and tallied seven assists. Whitmore puts everything he has out on the ice night in and night out and will do the same with the Sabres.
Marcus Foligno hopes to make his debut after only 27 games. In the 27 games played with the Amerks he has scored nine goals and tallied three assists. There’s no way that Foligno would have expected to get called up this early in his career but will be thankful for the opportunity. That’s not to say that Foligno wasn’t playing well but with the players above him in depth it just didn’t seem likely.
Assuming Foligno plays he’ll be playing in his first NHL game agains his brother Nick Foligno. Their dad, Mike Foligno, is unemployed after being fired by the Ducks so one would have to assume he’ll be getting up to Ottawa to see his kids play against each other.
Whitmore and Foligno will join Brayden McNabb, Paul Szczechura, Zack Kassian and two players that are injured in Colin Stuart and Corey Tropp. That’s seven players off of the Amerks roster. Unreal.