Mailloux withdraws from 2021 NHL Draft
Logan Mailloux has withdrawn from the 2021 NHL Draft, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
Mailloux, who played for SK Lejon of HockeyEttan in 2020-21, was charged in Sweden for taking and distributing an offensive photo without the other party’s consent during a consensual sexual encounter on Nov. 7.
“Being drafted into the NHL is an honour and a privilege that no one takes lightly,” Mailloux wrote in a Tweet. “The NHL Draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments in a player’s career, and given the circumstances, I don’t feel I have demonstrated strong enough maturity or character to earn that privilege in the 2021 Draft.
“If I were to ever have the honour of being selected I would want a fanbase to be proud to welcome me to their organization. I know it will take time for society to build back the trust I have lost, and that is why I think it is best that I renounce myself from the 2021 NHL Draft and ask that no one select me this upcoming weekend. I feel that this would allow me the opportunity to demonstrate an adequate level of maturity and character next season with the London Knights in the OHL, and provide all the NHL teams the opportunity to reassess my character towards the 2022 NHL Draft.”
— Logan Mailloux (@loganmailloux_) July 20, 2021
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reported last week that multiple teams were dropping Mailloux from their draft list.
Mailloux had 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 19 games this season.
He is expected to play for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League next season.