DALLAS - After speculation about possibly trading up or down, the Blue Jackets kept their pick and used it to add center depth to their system.
Columbus selected Liam Foudy, a center with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League with the 18th pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on Friday night at American Airlines Center.
The pick was announced by defenseman Seth Jones, who's from nearby Arlington and grew up playing hockey in Dallas.
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Foundy is 6-foot, 174 pounds and has a lot of speed. He had 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games for the Knights this season and 55 points (33 goals, 22 assists) in 123 career OHL games.
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Foudy, who's from Toronto, was ranked 91 among North American skaters during the mid-term rankings by NHL Central Scouting, but shot up the rankings to finish ranked 19th.
Foudy's parents were both elite athletes. His mother, France Gareau, anchored Canada's silver-medal winning 4x100 meter relay in the 1984 Summer Olympics and his dad, Sean Foudy, played six seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back with the Ottawa Roughriders and B.C. Lions.