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Fantasy Summary

Talented defenseman with significant off-ice concerns.


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September 2023 – Many of the analysts who believed Mailloux would be an instant impact player for the Canadiens have been silenced by his play this week at the Canadiens’ prospect tournament. His lack of scanning has been his biggest woe, leading him into difficult situations and causing turnovers aplenty. He did improve as the tournament went along, but he has a lot of work to do if he ever wants to make the NHL. Aaron Itovitch

August 2023 – Reports indicate that Mailloux has been given the green-light by Gary Bettman to play in the NHL. Following two years of work towards improving himself as a person, it is hoped that Mailloux has become a better person and player. It will be interesting to see how Mailloux’s first professional season goes down. Aaron Itovitch

May 2023 – After starting the season with a lot of points, but a rather negligible impact on the ice, Mailloux has taken a massive stride this season. It is impossible to deny his elite tools, especially his blistering shot. The London Knights will now play in the OHL finals, and Mailloux has been a proponent to their success. Often outshined by the more cerebral Oliver Bonk, it does reveal a lot about how Mailloux could fit in the NHL. With a defensively responsible partner, Mailloux’s tools could be highlighted to a major degree. There will always be questions around his projectability due to the subpar hockey IQ, but he has size and skill. It will be interesting to see what the Canadiens decide to do with him this coming season. Aaron Itovitch

January 2023 – I’m not in a position to judge Mailloux’s development as a person, but the Canadiens organization signing him to an entry-level contract makes it fair to assume he’s taking steps in the right direction. When it comes to his on-ice play, there is a lot to like. His toolkit is fantastic, with quick straight-line speed, and an above-average shot. This is working to his favour in the OHL, where he has 31 points in 34 games. Question marks do appear when it comes to his hockey IQ. A lot of the tactics that are effective for him in junior will have a very difficult transition to the NHL. He may generate consistent highlight reel plays in the OHL, but it is hard to imagine that any group of NHLers will allow him to enter the offensive zone against three other men – he isn’t Connor McDavid. It isn’t as glaring in juniors as it would be in the NHL, but his positional awareness is equally a deficiency of his game. While Mailloux has the tools to become a decent third-pairing shut-down defenseman, he relies on driving the rush to boost his numbers. He will have to find an NHL role that plays to his strengths if he wants to have any success in the league. At 6-3, 212, he is bound to earn an NHL shot even if his hockey IQ isn’t at an NHL level. Players of his stature with his tools are routinely valued highly by NHL GM’s, which is the exact reason Marc Bergevin made the controversial decision to draft him in 2021. Mailloux will turn 20 in April, and he will turn pro next year. The question is if he has done enough to earn himself an NHL chance. Aaron Itovitch

July 2021 – Even after renouncing himself from the draft, the Montreal Canadiens made the highly controversial decision to select Mailloux in the first round, 30th overall in the NHL Draft. Mailloux was charged under Swedish law after taking a picture of a woman without her knowledge during consensual sex (link here). Whether or not he will be an NHL player not only rests on how well he develops – but how well he can truly realign his moral compass, and the impact of this on the victim. Nick Richard and Dobber

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 15, 2003
Height 6‘3”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Sun County Panthers U15 AAAALLIANCE U15- - -- -|        
  Sun County Panthers U16 AAAALLIANCE U161 0 11 2|        
  TAG Hockey U15WSI U155 1 12 2|        
 2018-2019 Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAU16 AAA67 13 3144 34|        
  Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAOHL Cup5 1 89 0|        
  Team GTHL Blue OGC-164 0 33 0|        
  Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAGTHL U1632 9 1120 24|        
 2019-2020 London NationalsGOJHL48 18 5068 94|Playoffs5 2 24 24 
  London KnightsOHL4 0 00 2|        
 2020-2021 SK LejonHockeyEttan19 7 815 32|        
 2021-2022 London KnightsOHL12 3 69 13|        
 2022-2023 London KnightsOHL59 25 2853 77|Playoffs21 8 1624 45 
 2023-2024 Laval RocketAHL- - -- -|        

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