The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced today that they have signed pending restricted free agent forward Liam Foudy to a two-year extension. Per the team’s announcement, the deal is a two-way contract in 2022-23 and a one-way, NHL contract in 2023-24. The contract carries a $750k NHL / $200k AHL salary split in year one, and a $775k, one-way salary in year two.
Foudy, 22, was the 18th overall pick at the 2018 NHL draft. The Blue Jackets fell in love with Foudy’s speed and always-on motor, and bet that, like many other London Knights before him, his production would hit new heights as he grew into a more prominent role on the team. That’s exactly what happened, and Foudy finished his OHL career as the captain of the Knights, scoring 68 points in 45 games in 2019-20. Since that point, Foudy has made the transition to professional hockey, and although he has played well, his overall production has fallen short of what some might have expected of him. His AHL point total has been good so far, with 35 points in 45 games, including 19 in 29 this past year before a shoulder injury ended his season. Foudy has also gotten into 25 career NHL games, but only has five points there, all assists.
As previously mentioned, the core of Foudy’s game is in his skating and his relentlessness. His overall offensive touch is still a work in progress, and whether he can utilize his raw tools to become an offensive difference-maker at the NHL level is still very much in question. With this two-year extension, the Blue Jackets will have two years to come to a more sound conclusion on what Foudy’s long-term NHL projection is. For Foudy, this extension highlights the importance of the next two years of his career in determining what kind of NHL-er he’ll be.