The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Liam Foudy to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Foudy was the 18th overall selection in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft held on June 22 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Foudy, 18, recorded 24 goals and 16 assists for 40 points with 22 penalty minutes in 65 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in 2017-18. He led the club in shorthanded goals (five) and ranked third in goals and game-winning goals (four, tied) and was fourth in points. The campaign was highlighted by a 13-game span in which he tallied 14 goals from Feb. 9 - Mar. 7 (14-8-22). He added 1-1-2 in four postseason contests.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Foudy has collected 33-22-55 and 41 penalty minutes in 123 career OHL games with the Knights. In 2016-17, he tallied 9-6-15, 19 penalty minutes and was +1 in 58 contests in his first OHL campaign. He was selected by London in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft.
The 6-0, 175-pound center has represented Canada internationally on several occasions. He posted 2-2-4 in five games at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia and collected 0-3-3 in six contests for Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He is currently participating in Canada's camp at the 2018 Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia from July 28-August 4, the first step to represent the nation at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships in Vancouver and Victoria.