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TORTS SAYS LIAM FOUDY HAS EARNED HIS SPOT IN THE QUALIFIERS

With just two NHL games under his belt, former first-round pick Liam Foudy will be in the lineup for the Columbus Blue Jackets when the team faces the Toronto Maple Leafs in the qualifying round of the NHL's 24-team Return to Play program. Columbus head coach John Tortorella says the 20-year-old winger has earned it.

"He'll be in the lineup. He has played well. He's had a good camp," Tortorella told reporters Thursday night.

Tortorella said Foudy, who had an excellent 2019-20 playing for the London Knights netting 28 goals and 68 points in 45 games, will be utilized for his speed, something that will be important while taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that has speed all through its lineup. It's also important to note that Foundy's first taste of elimination games in the NHL will come against his hometown team, as he was born and raised in Toronto.

Foudy was brought to Columbus in February of this year while the team was dealing with mounting injuries. He managed to get in two games, recording an assist. He also got on the scoresheet Thursday night in his team's 4-1 win over Boston in exhibition play, recording an assist on a first period goal by Boone Jenner.



Foudy was drafted 18th overall by the Blue Jackets in 2018. He was part of Team Canada for its gold medal performance at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship. Foudy played in all seven games, scoring three goals and four points.

TIM TUCKER
JULY 31, 2020  (8H36)
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