The Montreal Canadiens made a controversial decision when they chose to draft Logan Mailloux in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft.
While the controversy surrounded Mailloux’s conduct off the ice, the reality was we really didn’t know much about his on ice game. The 18 year old played last season in Sweden’s third tier pro league when the OHL suspended play for the year due to the global pandemic.
He scored seven goals and 15 points in 19 games which is solid production for a defenceman, but there was really no way to compare that to the OHL, or even higher pro leagues in Sweden.
Mailloux served a suspension from the beginning of this OHL season until January 1st, and finally hit the ice on Friday night for his first game. He looked great in that game, showing off blazing speed, an ability to carry the puck from end to end and create offence on his own and that he can quarterback a power play.
Mailloux picked up two assists in the game and the ice seemed to tilt towards the opponent’s net every time he stepped on the ice.
Last night, Mailloux played his second with the London Knights this season and he continued to prove he is a great offensive defenceman at the OHL level.
The right shot defender played on the top pairing and quarterbacked the first power play unit once again. It seemed like he was firing shots at the net on every shift and by night’s end he would have eight shots on goal.
Two of them hit the target as well.
The first goal of Mailloux’s OHL career came in the third period just after the Kitchener Rangers pulled within two goals of the Knights.
Mailloux jumped into the play to create an odd man rush and received a cross ice pass from a teammate. He quickly loaded up and fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat the Rangers goalie and gave the Knights a 5-2 lead.
Just four minutes later he would find the back of the net once again. The Knights were on the power play though the penalty time was running out. Just when it looked like the Rangers would clear the puck and kill off the rest of the penalty, Mailloux pinched in from the blue line to steal the puck from a Rangers forward.
He then made a cross ice pass and moved back to his position along the point to set up the power play once again. He quickly gets the puck back and steps into another wrist shot from just about the same spot as he scored his first goal. This time he sneaks it thought the goalie, who gets a piece, but the shot is heard enough that is slips through on the short side.
So, after two games this season for the London Knights, Mailloux has scored two goals and added two assists while firing 13 shots on goal and he is a plus 7.