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Major revelation involving Matthew Knies and Logan Mailloux

Published May 5, 2024 at 1:16 PM

The young forward from the Maple Leafs, Matthew Knies as an acquisition for the Montreal Canadiens? It would have cost Logan Mailloux.

Further explanations will follow, but it's really interesting and it comes from journalist Marc Antoine Godin, from Radio-Canada.

While Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and Morgan Rielly do not necessarily make unanimous choices among the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is one young player who really seems to be unanimously liked there: Matthew Knies.

The forward is a real worker, a big powerful attacker, a player loved by his teammates, and one who steps up in big moments.

He proved it again this week.

Some Leafs fans like him so much that they say they would pick him before Juraj Slafkovsky, but well that's another story.

Matthew Knies with the CH instead of Logan Mailloux?

Knies, who was considered a first-round pick by several experts in 2021, had finally dropped to the 57th overall pick of Toronto.

Here's a good one about him:

« Well, we learned on Friday through Marc-Antoine Godin during the recent episode of Tellement Hockey available on Radio-Canada that Knies could very well have been drafted in the first round, given that the Montreal Canadiens had him in their sights.

In fact, according to Godin, the CH really hesitated between Logan Mailloux and Matthew Knies for its 31st pick in 2021.

If Mailloux had no longer been available, the Tricolore's choice would have been Knies. » - Mathis Therrien, DLC

This is new information, just hours from the Leafs' elimination in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins.

There had been rumors about this a few years ago, but it has just been confirmed by Godin.

It would have been quite a selection, and he would be so useful to the Montreal Canadiens, but at the same time we can't say that Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins were wrong with Logan Mailloux!

Knies, 21 years old, 6 feet 3 inches and 220 pounds, has amassed 35 points in 80 games this season, including 15 goals, in addition to 7 points in 14 playoff games, in his NHL career.

It's always interesting, little scoops like this about what happened behind the scenes. If the CH had selected Matthew Knies, I wonder where Logan Mailloux would have ended up, he who had asked not to be drafted that year.

Credit: DansLesCoulisses - Le CH a hésité entre Logan Mailloux et Matthew Knies au repêchage de 2021
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Major revelation involving Matthew Knies and Logan Mailloux

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