Mandeville & Columbus Part Ways

By Aaron Vickers

Louis Mandeville and Columbus Part Ways

Mondays are the worst day of the week. Just ask Louis Mandeville. This past Monday, May 27th, Louis Mandeville was notified via telephone from his agent that the Columbus Blue Jackets would not be offering the Halifax Moosehead defenseman a contract.

Mandeville, 20, was drafted with the second last pick in the 2000 Entry Draft, #292 Overall. However, he showed that he could be a diamond in the rough when he had his best year of junior to date in 2002. Mandeville set career high’s in goals, assists, points, PIM, plus/minus, and was one of the Mooseheads top defenders all season. Mandeville finished 7th overall in defensemen scoring in the QMJHL with 7 goals and 46 assists for 53 points, as well as 7th overall in plus/minus, with a +36 rating.

However, fellow 2000 draftee Scott Heffernan was offered a contract. Heffernan, with the St Michael’s Majors of the OHL played in 68 games this season, registering 4 goals and 26 assists for 30 points, while being +18.

When asked about the signing of Heffernan, and the subsequent ‘release’ of Mandeville’s rights, Louis responded by saying “It’s not under my control. I’m happy for him(Heffernan), but I thought I had a good season too and I cannot control their decisions.”

Louis has been left with two options now. He can re-enter the draft, and hope that a team gives him an opportunity by drafting him. Option #2 has Mandeville becoming an unrestricted free agent, much like Cory Pecker of the Erie Otters did when the Calgary Flames opted not to offer Pecker a contract. What is almost certain is that Halifax Moosehead fans will see Mandeville suit up as an overager next season. I wish the best of luck to Louis in the future.