Under The Radar – Nick Foligno
Nick Foligno has really impressed since joining the Columbus Blue Jackets, but not as much as he has this year. Foligno has recorded just under a point per game with 27 points in 29 games (14 goals). The 27-year-old winger joined the Blue Jackets in a trade that sent Marc Methot to the Senators. Foligno was a 1st round pick by the Senators, 28th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, Foligno has recorded 99 goals and 134 assists for 233 points along with 441 penalty minutes in 495 games.
Foligno has a solid frame at 6-foot, 208 pounds and loves to use every inch of it on his opponents in his power forward style. This could be the big reason for the increase in production once he joined the Blue Jackets who play much more of a system than the Senators. With the amount of injuries in the Blue Jacket lineup, Foligno will continue to see lots of ice time which is great news for him. As he continues this trend, he could prove that he should be a player to stick on the 1st line even with other players returning. The first line of Foligno-Johansen-Hartnell has seen the most action of all other line combinations so far in the last 10 games with 13.9%. In those 10 games, Foligno has scored 6 points.
Foligno will continue to be under the radar unless he continues this trend for a solid month or so more. With the Jackets lack of media his name will be kept under a rock. It will be interesting to see if his point production stays, or declines as the injured players return to the lineup.