Logan Mailloux withdraws from 2021 NHL Draft

London Knights defenseman Logan Mailloux has requested groups to not choose him within the 2021 NHL Draft after blowback from a 2020 conviction in Sweden for taking and circulating a photograph of a lady performing a intercourse act with out her consent.

“The NHL Draft must be one of the vital thrilling landmark moments in a participant’s profession, and given the circumstances I don’t really feel I’ve proven sturdy sufficient maturity or character to earn that privilege within the 2021 Draft,” Mailloux wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I really feel that this is able to enable me the chance to show an sufficient degree of maturity and character subsequent season and supply all of the NHL groups the chance to reassess my character in direction of the 2022 NHL Draft.”

Whereas on mortgage to Sweden’s SK Lejon, the 18-year-old London Knights defenseman obtained a effective for “Kränkande fotografering” (offensive pictures constituting an invasion of privateness) and “Förtal” (defamation). The incident occurred on Nov. 7, 2020 within the northern Swedish city of Skelleftea, based on The Daily Faceoff.

Logan Mailloux's London Knights headshot.
Logan Mailloux’s London Knights headshot.
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“I don’t suppose that [Mailloux] has understood the seriousness of his conduct. All I needed was a heartfelt apology for his conduct,” the woman wrote to The Athletic in an electronic mail. She added that whereas she did obtain an apology through textual content message, it was “now not than three sentences.”

In line with The Athletic, 11 NHL groups have eliminated Mailloux from their draft boards previous to his withdrawal and The Day by day Faceoff stories that 26 of 32 NHL groups requested him in regards to the incident. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked twenty third amongst North American skaters, whereas TSN’s Bob McKenzie ranked him the No. 35 prospect within the NHL Draft.

“[Mailloux] says that I wish to spoil his profession. I’ve by no means stated that. All I’ve needed is to get justice for the actions he has taken in opposition to me,” the lady stated. “If his actions spoil his profession, it’s as much as him. It’s not my fault.”

Mailloux plans on returning to the London Knights. The workforce issued a statement Saturday stating they’ve been made conscious of the incident and “are working with [Mailloux], making certain that he’s accessing the helps which might be in place to assist him higher perceive his actions, the ramifications of his actions and making certain that this doesn’t occur once more. The workforce and the [Ontario Hockey] League will proceed to intently monitor the state of affairs.”

OHL Commissioner David Department added, “The League is conscious of the troubling incident involving Logan Mailloux that occurred when he was on mortgage and taking part in in Sweden. When it comes to the approaching season, we’re in contact with the London Knights and we’ll proceed to maintain an in depth eye on the state of affairs.”


Huynh Nguyen

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