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Marcus Foligno played for his father at Sudbury of the OHL.

Getty Images Updated: 06/27/09 12:47 PMSabres take Foligno's son in fourth roundBy Mike Harrington and John VoglNEWS SPORTS REPORTERS Story tools: LargerSmallerSavePrintEmailMore PhotosRelated ContentSABRES EDGE: Follow Buffalo's second-day picksVIDEO: A look at McNabb (first 10 seconds blank)VIDEO: Behind the mask with sixth-rounder Connor KnappShare this story: MONTREAL -- Buffalo-born left winger Marcus Foligno, the son of former Sabres captain Mike Foligno, was selected by his dad's old team today in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft in the Bell Centre.

Marcus Foligno, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, played for Mike with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League.

He had 12 goals, 18 assists and 96 penalty minutes in 65 games last season.

Marcus Foligno, 17, was born in Buffalo on Aug.

10, 1991.

His older brother, Nick, plays for the Ottawa Senators."It's awesome.

They kind of paved the way for me," Marcus Foligno said of his father and brother.

"They made this experience worthwhile."Mike Foligno spent 10 of his 16 NHL seasons with the Sabres, joining the team in the famous 1981 trade with Detroit that included Jim Schoenfeld and Danny Gare.

He's sixth in club history with 247 goals and celebrated most of them with his trademark two-footed leap."I know my dad played for Buffalo and was made famous with that jump there, too," said Marcus Foligno.

"Hopefully, one day I'll be there with this jersey on.""It's really exciting," Mike Foligno said.

"It's a great opportunity for him, and I think Buffalo's really going to love the player he is.

He comes to the rink every day.

He's a very physical player."Marcus Foligno attended the 2006 draft in Vancouver when Nick was selected and was in then-Marine Midland Arena in 1998 as a 7-year-old attending the draft with his father.

Now it's finally his turn to see if his physical style can bring a third Foligno to the NHL someday."I'd rather go through people than around them," Marcus Foligno said.

"I'm a guy that's going to bring energy to the game and energy to the Buffalo organization.

I'm also there for my teammates.

I'm not selfish and I love to win.

I'm one of those gritty players that try to give my all every night."In the third round, the Sabres drafted 18-year-old defenseman Brayden McNabb.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound McNabb plays for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League.

Buffalo did not have a second-round pick to open today's proceedings after it was dealt to San Jose last season for captain Craig Rivet.McNabb had 10 goals, 26 assists and 140 penalty minutes in 67 games last year.

He finished tied for his team lead in goals by a defenseman and second in points from the blueline.

In the fifth round, Buffalo took defenseman Mark Adams from Malden (Mass.) Catholic.

The 18-year-old is 6-1, 187.The Sabres' sixth-round pick was 6-foot-5 Miami (Ohio) University goalie Connor Knapp.

He had a 2.05 goals-against average and .906 save percentage last year as the RedHawks made it all the way to the NCAA championship game.

Knapp was the backup as Miami lost the final in overtime to Boston University, 4-3, after blowing a two-goal lead in the final 90 seconds of regulation.Stay tuned to Buffalonews.com for more Sabres draft information on day [email protected] and [email protected]

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