This is the first in a series of in-depth profiles covering each member of the Colorado Avalanche 2020 draft class. The entire series can be found HERE.
Jean-Luc Foudy is the first forward added to the Colorado Avalanche prospect pool from the 2020 draft. He is a right shot center standing at 5’11 and 177 lbs who plays for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. There he scored 43 points including 15 goals in 59 games in the 2019-20 season. Foudy was also a silver medalist for Canada in the 2019 Ivan Hlinka tournament where he scored four points in five games.
Selected at 75th overall Foudy gave the Avalanche incredible value especially considering they were without a second round pick to begin with. Which is exactly where Foudy was pegged to go off the board as NHL Central Scouting had him ranked 33rd in North America and on TSN Bob McKenzie’s list at 46th. Foudy had some first round whispers a year before the draft but didn’t wow enough with production in his draft year to keep him in that tier.
Foudy hails from a family of athletes beginning with his mother who was an Olympic silver medalist for Canada in sprint relay and also his father played several years in the CFL. Older brother Liam was the 18th overall selection by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2018 who received two NHL games in 2020 as an emergency recall from the OHL and then also suited up for 10 games in the playoffs.
While the NHL wasn’t able to hold a combine for the 2020 draft they however had on and off-ice testing results from the Top Prospects Game in January with a clip of such seen below. Foudy predictably did very well in the on-ice component where he earned top overall performer. The drills in which he placed first were transition agility with and without the puck plus reaction time as well as top three placements in other tests.
— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) January 16, 2020
With those athletic and genetic gifts it is no surprise that speed is Foudy’s most obvious asset and the foundation from which his game is built. He has elite skating ability which he uses often in transition to transport the puck quickly through the neutral zone as seen in the clip below. He is a playmaker first and will look to pull off creative dishes to his teammates. A lack of strength has kept Foudy more on the perimeter when those options aren’t open and may be the reason for a plateau in production seen with Windsor in the last year. Increased strength may also improve the velocity on Foudy’s shot and make him more of a dual pass and shot threat.
When Jean-Luc Foudy is flying and attacking the slot like this, he is one a hell of a player!
— Tony Ferrari (@theTonyFerrari) March 1, 2020
With a May 2002 birthdate, Foudy has two more years left of OHL play ahead of him and then will hope to sign an Entry Level Contract leading to hopefully impacting the AHL starting in the 2022-23 season. If he gets that elusive opportunity with the Avalanche his speed should help him find a role at the very least of an energy depth forward much like Logan O’Connor has. There is still much promise of upside so Foudy can work to improve his strength and consistency in order to translate his full offensive ability to possibly a middle six role in the NHL.
A very thorough and insightful breakdown of Foudy’s game is provided by Scouching below.