Report: Formerly Suspended Canadiens 1st-Rounder Now Cleared To Play in NHL

Things haven't gone according to plan for Logan Mailloux since the Montreal Canadiens made him their 2021 first-round selection in the NHL Draft. Three months later, he was suspended indefinitely by the OHL after he was charged and convicted under Swedish law of defamation and offensive photography for distributing a picture of a sexual act with a woman. 

All of this prompted an NHL investigation before the league would give clearance for Mailloux to play. 

Now, according to a report by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the 'OK' has now been delivered.

“According to several sources, Logan Mailloux has received a green light to play in the NHL when he earns a job with the Montreal Canadiens, putting an end to the speculation,” wrote Lavoie.

Mailloux showed remorse after the fact, saying “It was totally irresponsible and a stupid act that I committed without thinking twice. I regret doing this stupid and egotistical act. I deeply regret it... Dumbest thing I've ever done.” 

He wound up playing just 12 games in the OHL in 2021-22 after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick in the '21 Draft. 

Now 20 years old, the right-shot D-man was back in the OHL's good graces, and helped the London Knights to the league championship this past season, recording 25 goals and 53 points in 59 regular-season games. 

Now that he's cleared by the NHL as well, he'll have a chance to crack the Habs' roster at training camp, though a trip to the Laval Rocket of the AHL might be more realistic to start his professional career. 

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