Montreal Canadiens defenseman Logan Mailloux
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Major Announcement Looming Involving Logan Mailloux: His Fate With the Laval Rocket Will Be Confirmed Soon and He May Be On His Way to the NHL

Published February 1, 2024 at 4:49 PM

It's no longer a secret to anyone, but the reconstruction process started by Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton has allowed the Canadiens to replenish their prospect pool. This statement is even more true when we look at the many young defensemen within the organization, a situation that will inevitably create congestion on the Montreal blue line in a few seasons.

Of course, fans are eager to see the young American prodigy, Lane Hutson, as well as last year's fifth overall pick, David Reinbacher, don the Tricolore uniform. The two recent CH selections are immensely talented and have enormous potential, potentially forming a formidable duo due to their complementary qualities.

However, a former first-round pick is also attracting attention, namely Logan Mailloux. Indeed, after a simply dominant season in the OHL, where the 6'3" giant amassed 33 goals and 44 assists (77 points) in 80 games, he is now making his mark in the defensive brigade of the Laval Rocket.

Despite playing his first season in the professional ranks, Mailloux is on his way to becoming one of the best offensive defensemen in the American League. The 20-year-old has accumulated 28 points, including 10 goals, in 41 games so far this season, ranking him 8th among the most productive defenders, just 4 points behind the leader.

He is notably the third-best goal scorer among AHL defensemen, while his total of 28 points places him second among rookie defensemen in points, behind a certain Brandt Clarke of the Los Angeles Kings.

For comparison, the fourth overall pick in 2022, Shane Wright, who had already played 32 games with the Coachella Valley Firebirds last season, has only two more points than Logan Mailloux, even though the Canadiens prospect is in his first stint in the American League.

"28 points in 40 games in the AHL for a 20-year-old defenseman (who is also 6'3 and 220 pounds!) is impressively awesome! Yes, I'm talking about Logan Mailloux. And I'm eager to see if he'll get to play a few games in the NHL this season!" - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin

His performances are truly encouraging, having set a team record with a streak of seven consecutive games with at least one point. Being clearly the best defenseman of the farm team this year, we are entitled to wonder if the 31st overall pick in 2021 will have the opportunity to play some games with the Tricolore, as early as this year.

After all, Johnathan Kovavecic and Jordan Harris are far from untouchable in Martin St-Louis' lineup. Moreover, such an audition could allow Kent Hughes to better assess the development of his young defenseman, as was notably the case with Joshua Roy a few weeks ago.

Moreover, knowing that the Montreal Canadiens will not participate in the playoffs anyway, I am convinced that such an opportunity could be greatly beneficial for Logan Mailloux. He would be rewarded for his efforts and could, at the same time, obtain better feedback on the elements he needs to continue working on before officially making his place with the big club.

What do you think? Does Logan Mailloux deserve to be called up to play a few games in the NHL?

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Major Announcement Looming Involving Logan Mailloux: His Fate With the Laval Rocket Will Be Confirmed Soon and He May Be On His Way to the NHL

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