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Habs prospect Mailloux cleared to play in NHL

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Logan Mailloux has been cleared to play in the NHL, the league confirmed Tuesday, per Sportsnet's Eric Engels.

"We have met with Logan Mailloux multiple times over the course of the last 8-10 months," the league said. "We are comfortable that he recognizes the gravity of his prior conduct and is committed to making better and more responsible decisions in the future."

Mailloux is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, his club announced.

In November 2020, Mailloux was charged and fined for invasion of privacy and defamation in Sweden after photographing a woman without consent during a sexual encounter, identifying her to teammates, and sharing pictures with them.

Montreal recalled Mailloux after Monday's overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings. He played three preseason games with the team in September.

The Canadiens controversially drafted Mailloux 31st overall in the 2021 draft. Mailloux had withdrawn from the draft, stating he didn't feel he'd demonstrated the maturity or character to have the privilege of being drafted, but Montreal still selected him.

Team owner Geoff Molson said the decision was a mistake days after the draft.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly noted in November 2022 that Mailloux wasn't yet eligible to play in the NHL.

Mailloux has 14 goals, 47 points, and 89 penalty minutes in 70 games this season with the AHL's Laval Rocket. He leads all AHL rookie defensemen in scoring.

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