New York Islanders Sign Former First-Rounder Liam Foudy

The New York Islanders have added to their forward depth, as they have signed Liam Foudy to a one-year, two-way contract. At the NHL level, Foudy will carry a $775,000 cap hit.

Foudy, 24, did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nashville Predators, so he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1. While it took him some time to find his new home, he is now an Islander and will look to compete for a spot on their NHL roster during the 2024-25 season. 

Foudy was selected with the 18th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Scarborough, Ontario native has had trouble becoming the top-six forward that many believed he would be. While that is the case, he still has the potential to become an impactful bottom-six forward at the NHL. Perhaps this move to the Islanders can help him take that next step and become a full-time NHLer.

Foudy appeared in 13 games this past season split between the Blue Jackets and Predators, where he had zero goals, three assists, and a minus-2 rating. Down in the American Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals, he posted 10 goals to go along with 16 points. 

Overall, this is a low-risk move for the Islanders. At worst, they have added to their forward depth, but it will be interesting to see if he can earn an NHL spot out of training camp.

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