Le Canadien | Filip Mesar has found his bearings https://t.co/yd54t9UyU2
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) September 6, 2023
If there’s one prospect I’m looking forward to following this season, it’s Owen Beck. It’s David Reinbacher. It’s Jacob Fowler. It’s… several guys at once. I’m not going to name them all.
But Filip Mesar’s name doesn’t come to mind quickly.
Mind you, I’m not saying I’ve given up on the young man. After all, it would be really, really unfair to give up on a 19-year-old after a more ordinary season.
That said, he’s not the first player who comes to mind among the hopefuls. His season of less than a point per game in the OHL wasn’t the most extraordinary I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t horrible, but he had his moments.
And now, this year, he keeps repeating that he wants to be in Laval. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but that’s what he repeated to Simon-Olivier Lorange on the sidelines of the NHL showcase .
I don’t think another year in junior would do him any harm. Dominating a league (or putting yourself in a position to dominate) has never been a bad thing for a player… and I don’t think he’ll be able to do it in Laval.
But that’s probably the plan.
Canadiens coaches, as reported by La Presse, want to see Mesar playing “in a big league” in 2023-2024. To me, that means the AHL, because I don’t see him returning to Europe.
That said, he doesn’t expect Juraj Slafkovsky to join the squad in Gothenburg, Sweden. He’s thinking along the same lines as a lot of people on this one.
Mesar’s training camp will be important in putting it into the heads of people like me that yes, he can do well in Laval and that he can reclaim his place as an important prospect. And I’d love to be proven wrong.
– It’s off to a good start.
“I thought Scheifele was their captain” 🙄 https://t.co/8AS1NYWAIi
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) September 6, 2023
– Joël Bouchard wants to help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup.[BPM Sports]
– The CH wanted to reobtain Alexei Emelin from Vegas in 2017.
Bergevin even attempted to swing a trade to re-acquire Emelin after he was (thankfully) picked by Vegas.
Great hitter, but also, one of the worst defensemen in the league.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 5, 2023
– Great catch to help Kyle Dubas.
The Penguins have named Doug Wilson as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.
In his role, Wilson will provide counsel, opinions, and expertise to field hockey operations leadership on all matters including personnel decisions. pic.twitter.com/KhxANTDWIn
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 6, 2023