Scouts have been giving Liam Foudy a certain benefit of the doubt this season as he has not been given an offensive role, so he’s had very little opportunity to show his offensive upside. They pointed to Alex Formenton as an example, a forward who played on London’s fourth line for much of last season yet made the Ottawa Senators out of training camp just three months after he was drafted.
Foudy certainly did little in the first 35 games of the season to demonstrate to the scouting community that he was underrated offensively, scoring four goals and adding three assists. Since the club dealt fellow center Cliff Pu however, Foudy has seen a more prominent role and responded with two goals and four points in his last three games.
With the trading of NHL first-round picks Max Jones and Robert Thomas in the past couple of days, London is signalling that it is rebuilding for next season and will mean that Foudy and fellow draft eligible forward Billy Moskal will get a lot more looks in offensive situations before seasons’ end, and satisfy many scouts’ wishes to get a better read on just how much NHL potential both may possess.