If the 2020-21 season is the same as any other year, Jean-Luc Foudy will tear the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires.
Instead, he referred to two places in unfamiliar territory as home: Mörrum and Colorado.
Of course, Colorado is the city where Foday was selected in the third round of 2020, and it is also the home of the AHL team, the Eagles. But Mörrum is a little different. This is a small area in Sweden, where the inhabitants of the Swedish Third Hockey League are less than 4,000. For young prospects who are already affiliated with the NHL club, this is not a typical testing ground, but this is Foday’s reality in a world ravaged by new coronary pneumonia.
When the North American hockey season restarted, Foday got a rare opportunity to complete the season playing in the AHL. Normally, players who are not born in Europe and still eligible to participate in the CHL must stay in the Junior League instead of participating in the second ring series. However, once it was determined that OHL would never encounter difficulties, these restrictions were lifted, and many top players-such as Quinton Byfield and Arthur Kaliev in Los Angeles, and Philip Tomasino in Nashville And Winnipeg’s Cole Perfetti, etc.-both have the opportunity to participate but use their craftsmanship in AHL.
Foday is one of the more interesting choices, simply because he is not a first-round rookie like everyone else. But the Avalanche team obviously spoke highly of the fast and skilled center, and his performance in the draft was deeper than most people expected.
The talent is obviously there, but his stats—from 49 points as a rookie to 43 points as a sophomore in OHL—have not reached the most anticipated level. Foday played quite well with the Hawks, scoring 3 goals and 14 points in 34 games, ranking fourth in the team’s scoring list. This is not too shabby, especially because he is the youngest player on the team and the only player born in 2002.
This experience should help Foday accumulate a lot of experience in the Avalanche team in the 2021-22 season, and this week will enter his first camp action with the team.
“(Last season) was great because I was introduced to all employees in Colorado and the Eagles,” Foday said. “I think this gives me a step ahead. You just came here and you already know a lot of people. So it helped a lot.”
A strange year is the 2020-21 campaign shortened by COVID. Foday is participating in his first NHL development camp with Avalanche. This is what he would do under normal circumstances a year ago.
“It’s great. So far, everyone here is very enthusiastic,” Foday said of his summer camp experience. “There are many employees who can learn from you, and there are some players who may be older than you. You can learn from them.”
According to Assistant General Manager Craig Billington, Foday is not expected to participate in the avalanche this year, but he should return to the Eagles as a second-year player.
“As the season progresses, he seems to be better at handling stronger physical games,” a scout said. “I think as he continues to work with professional coaches, he also starts to figure out the defensive part of his game. This was a major weakness in his game a few years ago.”
Foday, the younger brother of Columbus forward Liam Foday and CFL defensive guard Sean Foday, is one of the better prospects in an already strong prospect group. Staying in the city with the team’s farm club should help him keep a sense of freshness in the mind of general manager Joe Sakic.
“Fody may be one of the steals of the 2020 strong draft,” a scout said. “He was the best skater of that year. He can definitely fly, and his passing is well maintained at high speed.”