A native of Onaping Falls who suited up with the Copper Cliff Minor Midget Redmen in 2011-2012, Mallette cracked the roster in his rookie year, demonstrating much of the same skill-set that first got him noticed.
"They drafted me because of my speed and my physical play," Mallette said. "I don't mind going to the dirty areas. I knew I had to show this in training camp."
Still, like most young hockey talent, Mallette felt the nervousness that one might expect with plenty on the line.
"The first couple of scrimmages, I didn't think I was playing that well," he said. "But in the Red and White game, I thought I really stepped it up. That felt like a real game."
While his father hit the junior ranks already topping the six-foot plateau, racking up 169 points in his three years in the Soo, the current version of the family feistiness still has some growing to do.
"Off-ice workouts were a priority for me this summer, getting bigger," Mallette said. "Later in the summer, I was on the ice a lot more, getting a feel for the ice before camp."
With his first OHL exhibition encounter against none other than his hometown team slated for later this week, Mallette acknowledged a little trepidation. In his minor hockey career, he has played alongside Wolves' rookie Connor Burgess and also with Sudbury first-rounder Conor Cummins at the U-17 camp.
Mallette will likely make his first appearance in front of family and friends later this month, with the Greyhounds returning the favour by making the trek to Sudbury for a pre-season game on Sept. 14.