Perhaps one of the most polarizing draft picks in NHL history was made on Friday.
Just three days after Logan Mailloux asked teams to not select him, the Montreal Canadiens made him the team's first-round pick after taking him at No. 31 on Friday evening.
The news comes after reports that Mailloux was fined by Swedish police for showing a photo to his teammates via social media that depicted him and a woman engaged in a consensual sexual act. The photo was taken without her consent while Mailloux was on loan for SK Lejon, a third-tier team in Sweden.
“We will work closely with him and give him the support he needs,” GM Marc Bergevin said. “I know he’s been remorseful about the incident, which we truly don’t agree with it in all sense of the world, but he’s a young man who made a serious mistake of judgment and we really have to work with him. We did talk to him, and he’s fully aware of that and he’s very remorseful, so that is a big step.”
"The NHL draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments of 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," Mailloux said earlier in the week.
"By drafting prospect Logan Mailloux with the 31st overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens organization not only selected a promising hockey player, but also a young man who recently admitted to making a serious mistake," the Canadiens said in a statement. "The Canadiens are aware of the situation and by no means minimize the severity of Logan's actions. Logan understands the impact of his actions. His recent public statement is a genuine acknowledgment of his poor behaviour and the first step on his personal journey.
We are making a commitment to accompany Logan on his journey by providing him with the tools to mature and the necessary support to guide him in his development. We are also committed to raising awareness among our players about the repercussions of their actions on the lives of others."