Alexandre Mallet
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Alexandre Mallet

Hometown:

Amqui Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-05-22

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Alexandre Mallet was drafted by Rouyn-Noranda in the second round of the 2008 QMJHL Draft while playing for College Notre-Dame in Quebec midget AAA, Mallet opened the season with the Huskies after playing in ten games the previous year. Mallet skated in 39 games for Rouyn-Nouranda before being part of a multi-player trade which sent him to the Rimouski Oceanic. In 65 games between the two teams he scored 9 goals with 10 assists and was minus-23 with 85 penalty minutes. Rimouski finished second in the Eastern Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. In 12 playoff games Mallet scored 2 goals and was minus-five with 6 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Mallet skated in 60 of 68 games in his first full season with Rimouski. He was second on the team with 86 penalty minutes and was minus-one with 10 goals and 9 assists. Rimouski reached the QMJHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the East Division. In the five game series with Gatineau, Mallet had 2 assists and was minus-one with 7 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Mallet had a breakout year offensively as a 19-year-old in his second season with Rimouski. Mallet led the Oceanic in both goals and penalty minutes and his 81 points were second to teammate Alex Belzile (92). He skated in all 68 regular season games, scoring 34 goals with 47 assists and was plus-23. His 132 penalty minutes were tenth most in the QMJHL. Rimouski, after finishing fourth in the East Division, had an impressive playoff run – reaching the league finals against powerful Saint John. Mallet shared the playoff scoring lead for Rimouski with Belzile, scoring 10 goals with 15 assists, and was plus-11 with 22 penalty minutes. In his third year of eligibility, he was not among the 210 North American skaters listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft when he was selected by Vancouver in the second round (57th overall).

2012-13: Mallet signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks in August 2012 and shuffled between Vancouver affiliates Chicago (AHL) and Kalamazoo (ECHL) in his first pro season. He opened the season with the Wolves, at times as a healthy scratch, and appeared in just five AHL games with Chicago after being sent to Kalamazoo in December. He had 1 assist and was -4 with 7 penalty minutes in 18 AHL games. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the playoffs. Mallet scored 10 goals with 19 assists in 44 ECHL games and was +1 with 48 penalty minutes. The Wings finished four points behind Greenville for the final playoff spot.

2013-14: Mallet skated in 59 games for re-located Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica in his second pro season. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 with 46 penalty minutes. The Comets missed the playoffs, finishing third in the North Division. 

2014-15: Mallet spent his third pro season in the ECHL — beginning the year with the Kalamazoo Wings and then skating for Islanders’ ECHL affiliate Stockton after being acquired by New York from the Canucks in a November trade. In 54 games between the two clubs he scored 13 goals with 20 assists and was -27 with 69 penalty minutes.  Stockton finished last in the Pacific Division, missing the ECHL playoffs. Mallet was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Talent Analysis

Mallet was selected by Vancouver in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft and signed to a contract that summer after passing through two previous drafts without being selected. After three pro seasons it appears the Canucks' may have been a bit optimistic in their assessment of the big forward. His no-quit attitude and hard-nosed play and some glimpses of offensive abilities at the junior level have not yet translated to success at the pro level and at times he is a defensive liability on the ice. Mallet would have to be considered a long-shot prospect at this point.

Future

Mallet signed an ECHL contract with Kalamazoo in August 2015 after not receiving a qualifying offer from the New York Islanders. The 23-year-old has time to put his game together but at this point it is equally likely he spends the rest of his career at the minor pro level or heads to Europe if he receives a lucrative offer.

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