The Blue Jackets found themselves with “a good problem to have” after drafting Ryan Murray, acquiring Jack Johnsonand retaining Nikita Nikitin in the last few months.
An already-deep blueline got deeper at the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, and at some point, a move had to be made. That move came today, as Columbus dealt Marc Methot to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nick Foligno, a young and emerging top-six forward.
Foligno broke out in a big way in 2011-12, getting regular top-six minutes under new head coach Paul MacLean and playing in a variety of situations. The 24-year-old scored 15 goals and totaled 47 points while playing all 82 games, adding a goal and four points in the Senators’ seven-game playoff run (knocked out in the first round against the New York Rangers).
In his first full NHL season (2008-09), Foligno bounced between the second and third lines and managed to register 17 goals and 32 points in 81 games. The native of Buffalo, N.Y. has represented the United States at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship tournaments, the latter of which served as a springboard to the next stage of his career.
"Nick is a versatile, durable two-way player who at age 24 is coming off the best season of his career," Howson said. "We're excited about what he will add to our group of forwards and are very happy to have him join our hockey club."
In 2010-11, Foligno solidified his spot among the Senators’ top-six group and became a regular NHL player. He scored 14 goals and 34 points while not missing a single regular-season game, a trend that would continue into his career year last season.
Nick is a member of the famous Foligno hockey family. His father, Mike, played in the NHL for a number of years and has also coached in the Canadian junior ranks and in the NHL. His brother Marcus was a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres and is currently playing in their farm system.
In Methot, the Blue Jackets trade a defensive defenseman who seemed to be coming into his own in recent years. Many believe he has the potential to be a top-four, shutdown blue liner – a ceiling aided by his great skating.
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