Knights’ Foudy recalled by Blue Jackets, makes NHL debut


The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Sunday that they’ve recalled London Knights forward Liam Foudy on an emergency basis. The 20-year-old made his NHL debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, recording two shots on goal over 10:23 of ice time in an overtime loss.

Foudy was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft. The 6-2, 182-pound forward has tallied 20-23-43, 18 penalty minutes and is +30 in 32 games with the Knights this season, serving as one of the club’s co-captains. In 217 career OHL games, he has racked up 89-77-166, 91 penalty minutes and a cumulative +68 plus/minus rating since 2016. A native of Scarborough, Ont., he has represented Canada at several international competitions, including this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, where he picked up 3-1-4 in seven games and helped Canada capture the gold medal.

The move came after the Jackets placed defenceman Seth Jones on injured reserve. Columbus head coach John Tortorella announced that Foudy will slot into Monday’s lineup in the place of injured forward Cam Atkinson.

It’s not the first time an OHL player has been called up to the NHL mid-season. Ottawa 67’s netminder Michael DiPietro made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks last February after being called-up on an emergency basis.

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