The Montreal Canadiens blew the NHL draft by selecting a player who had withdrawn from the draft following a previous offense.
He left Earlier this week on Twitter to ask teams not to move him in, sayi say ng he had not “demonstrated sufficient maturity or character to deserve this privilege” to be selected.
Montreals Marc Bergevin, a finalist for the General Manager of the Year Award, still placed Mailloux in second place – last pick of the first round (31. in total). Nothing prevented a team from accepting him.
“The player remained eligible for selection,” NHL Vice Commissioner Bill Daly told USA TODAY Sports via email. “Montreal could do what it did.”
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The Canadians published later a statement on their decision.
“By selecting the potential Logan Mailloux with 31st overall, the Montreal Canadiens organization not only chose a promising ice hockey game r off but also a young man who recently admitted to making a serious mistake. The Canadians are aware of the situation and are in no way minimizing the severity of Logan’s actions. Logan understands the ramifications of his actions. His most recent public statement is a real recognition of his bad behavior and the first step on his personal journey. “
” We are committed to accompanying Logan on his journey by giving him the tools to mature and the support he needs to to accompany him in his life his development. We also strive to make our players aware of the impact their actions have on the lives of others. “
Mailloux hopes to play for the London Knights in the coming season.