Speed Kills: Blue Jackets Prospect Liam Foudy Shows His Speed at World Junior Summer Showcase

By Dan Dukart on August 5, 2018 at 11:23 am
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When the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Liam Foudy with the 18th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the initial reaction from many fans was: who? 

A bit off the board by many lists, the one thing that it seemed like most every scout would agree on was Foudy's tantalizing speed. In today's NHL, speed is a weapon, and the Blue Jackets understand that they need to stockpile it.

But make no mistake, Foudy is more than just a missile on skates. His recent invitation to the World Junior Summer Showcase, a competition for many of the top U20 players in the world, illustrates that. So, too, does his placement on the top line against Finland. 

Many observers left with the same takeaway after watching his first two games, against Finland and Sweden. Here's a sampling from the social media reaction on twitter:

Chris Peters, who writes prospects analysis for ESPN, also had high praise for the young speedster. 

Brendan Ross, a scout for the OHL London Knights (the team Foudy plays for), daydreaming as any of us would:

 

Foudy sure seems to be trending in the right direction, and with his high-end speed, we could be seeing him in Columbus in the not-so-far future.

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