At just 18-years-old, Jean-Luc Foudy has no business playing in the American Hockey League.
Per the NHL-CHL Agreement, if a CHL prospect (which includes Foudy, and any other player from the OHL, QMJHL or WHL) isn’t on their respective NHL team’s 23-man roster, they must be returned to the CHL team that owns their rights. That means an NHL prospect that is playing in the CHL cannot play in the AHL.
This is the case until the prospect either turns 20 years of age, or has played four years of CHL hockey.
But due to COVID, and the CHL leagues struggling to agree to, and execute, a return-to-play plan, a lot of these young NHL prospects had no place to play. So the leagues—the NHL and CHL—put their heads together and agreed to allow prospects to play in the American League until their respective CHL club was able to resume playing.
The WHL and QMJHL were all able to return to play. The OHL, however, couldn’t, and recently scrapped the season altogether.
Jean-Luc Foudy plays for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. However, with the Ontario League shutting things down for the year, Foudy has enjoyed an earlier-than-usual promotion to the AHL.
The 2020 third-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Foudy’s found himself playing for the Colorado Eagles this season. He’s the youngest player on the Eagles roster by a few years. In fact, most nights he’s the youngest guy on the ice, Eagles or not.
“When you step back and look at it, he’s an 18-year-old kid…He’s playing against men that have probably played in the NHL for a certain amount of time,” Eagles head coach Greg Cronin said.
The Eagles third-year coach says he’s been pretty impressed by Foudy, who currently sits tied for fifth on the team in points.
“He’s very interesting…He is a very intriguing prospect,” Cronin said. “It starts with his skating. He can skate really well and he’s a powerful skater for an 18-year-old kid. If you watch him, he doesn’t get knocked off the puck. His puck-handling ability, his confidence with the puck; he’s a very interesting player and his offensive upside is very high.”