Liam Foudy signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.
Foudy (6-feet, 175 pounds) was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round (No. 18) of the 2018 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old forward had 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League last season. Five of his goals were scored shorthanded.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Foudy has 55 points (33 goals, 22 assists) in 123 OHL games.
"It's pretty special," Foudy said. "Something you dream about as a kid, getting paid to play hockey, the sport you love. To sign this first contract means a lot and I'm pretty excited."
Foudy is with Canada at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia this week, the first step in picking the rosters for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2019.