Asked Tuesday about the future of organization defenseman Logan Mailloux, National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman left an open door on him.
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“We will evaluate the file if the Canadians decide to bring it up to the level of the NHL,” he said for the first time during a press crowd at the Bell Center. I believe that depending on the circumstances and the person, it is possible to have the right to a second chance. It is case by case. But basically we haven’t touched this file yet.
Last November, Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly ruled that the guard “is not eligible to play in the NHL” until he “receives clearance from league decision-makers.” That statement has scared several CH supporters, who fear the imposing 6’3-inch hockey player will never graduate and don the tri-color uniform.
Mailloux was convicted in Sweden for distributing explicit photos without his victim’s consent in 2020 and signed his NHL entry contract on October 5. In 33 games this season, all played under the colors of the London Knights of the Ontario Junior League, the youngster has amassed a total of 31 points, including 13 goals.