Current news of the Blackhawks has more to do with the team’s past, rather than its future. Chicago made it into the news again, although this time for a completely different reason. Apparently, Chicago is refusing to draft a potential first-round caliber player in the upcoming draft.
As reported by Frank Seravalli and others, the Chicago Blackhawks are among a group of teams that have Logan Mailloux on their “do not draft” list. Teams rarely make it a point to steer clear of players, especially ones that could be potential first-round picks.
Considering that the list of teams refusing to consider bringing him into their organizations appears to be relatively small, according to Seravalli, many GMs likely still see Mailloux as a possible choice in a player worth taking. TSN had him listed as #50 overall, as of July 12.
It’s been reported by the London Free Press that Mailloux has acknowledged the issue, and is working to rectify the matter. Chicago has apparently taken a firm stance against Mailloux, and regardless of any attempts to correct his behavior, it would be highly unlikely to see him chosen by Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. It would be worth watching if he ends up in the system at a later point as part of a trade, and to see if the team’s”do not draft” list will extend beyond the draft as a “don’t acquire at all”.
As reported, Mailloux currently plays for the London Knights and has been on loan to a team in Sweden. He was charged with taking a photo, without consent, of a woman during a consensual sexual encounter and distributing it to teammates. He was formally charged.
As noted in the opening paragraph of this article, Chicago is in the news for an ongoing story regarding the team’s past. Organizations such as WBEZ and TSN have been providing coverage of that story as it progresses. The draft is around the corner, and with Mailloux off the boards for Chicago, there is still plenty of talent for the team to pick from.
They haven’t all been busts, but Chicago hasn’t had decent selections in the 11th slot, which is where they’ll be picking at this year in the first round. Fingers crossed the team ends up with a future star!