Kris Foucault (pronounced FOO-coe) is an emerging talent for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. It’s been a whirlwind season for him, from Canmore to Kootenay to Calgary and climaxing in the post-season where he is running with the best players in the junior game.
Redline Report gives us a nice update on him as a human interest story: “Swift Current (WHL) drafted him in the fifth round — so not a real high-end Bantam prospect. Swifty played him in a handful of games as a 16-year-old, thought he wasn’t going to be a player, so they traded him to Kootenay for a sixth round Bantam pick. Kootenay played him sparingly last year and he didn’t do much (3 assists in 33 GP), and they cut him early this year. So in September they sent him to the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL where he instantly went nutso on the scoresheet — 41 points in 32 games. So in January, Kootenay wants to bring him back but he basically says “not interested, I’m staying in Canmore.” Kootenay traded his rights to Calgary (Foucault is from Calgary) and he immediately reported to the Hitmen. And now he’s got 15 points in 19 games with the Hitmen. Went from being a guy who wasn’t even going to be a bad junior player to very possibly an NHL draft pick now. It’s like he’s the Robert Johnson of junior hockey — he must have taken his stick to a crossroads near Canmore and met the Devil at midnight.”
For those who don’t know, Robert Johnson is the guy Led Zeppelin should be sending all of their cheques to in exchange for the riffs that sold millions of albums. Foucault is 6.0, 190 and a December 1990. He has 10 goals in 13 playoff games, playing with Kyle Bortis and Brett Sonne much of the time. That’s some high octane linemates right there. In junior terms, more Physical Graffiti than Presence.
He seems to be taking the attention he’s getting in stride, saying “I have to thank my linemates. They’re feeding me the puck, getting the puck to the net and I’ve kind of learned to just go to those areas and the puck is going to end up there.”
He is ranked #96 in the final Central Scouting Rankings, meaning he’d be earmarked for about 130-145 in the NHL draft (North American and European players are not listed together). However, he’s having a nice run late and could move up some NHL lists.