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Filip Mesar expects to play in Laval next season
After a good start to the OHL season, Filip Mesar hit a wall after the World Junior Championship.

He still finished the season with 51 points in 52 games with the Kitchener Rangers, but his production dropped off considerably in the second half of the season. There’s a lot of talk about the team’s other prospects these days, but what about the team’s late first-round pick in 2022?

The plan is to send him to the Rocket for the entire next season. Last year, he played just one game in the AHL.

What we didn’t know is that this has always been the plan. Last year, the Canadiens told their prospect and his agent that he would stay in the OHL for just one season.

With some rest, I think Mesar will be an interesting asset for the Rocket. After all, playing against men doesn’t scare him. In the two years prior to his draft, the Slovakian played against men much older than him in his home country. He did well considering his young age, collecting 14 points in 36 games in 2020-2021 and 16 points in 37 games in 2021-2022.

Not only is the plan to have him play in Laval, but the principal interested party really wants to play under Jean-François Houle.

As for his first season in North America, Mesar doesn’t think he did badly. He’s aware that he’s had his ups and downs, but he’s focused on the positive. He believes he’s in a better position today because he knows what to expect.

One thing’s for sure: Laval will have a good young club this season. It will be dynamic, talented and fast. With Logan Mailloux, Riley Kidney, Joshua Roy, Filip Mesar and Lias Andersson, I’m excited about the start of the season.

In gusto

– Welcome to Montreal.

– Great news.

– He was not on the ice today due to a minor injury.

– de Haan in Florida.

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