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Three points for Mesar today at CMJ
Slovakia took on Denmark this morning at the World Junior Championship.

On the face of it, it was a fairly easy match for Filip Mesar’s team, who had yet to lose since the start of the tournament…

And the Slovaks answered the call, winning the match 8-4.

Mesar stood out with three assists. That makes six points in three games:

Mesar was only used for 13 minutes and 52 seconds, but not because the coach wanted to send him a certain message.

Club manager Ivan Fenes simply decided to rest his best players because the match was already out of reach for the Danes.

Slovakia will need their best players by the end of the tournament, after all.

The Canadian prospect didn’t have a stellar first period, but he made up for it afterwards.

He looked a little sluggish in the first twenty minutes.

It was in the second period that he really took off. He was good on the forecheck, he was excellent on the rebound and he really showed off his passing skills.

That’s the kind of performance you want from a first-round pick in this tournament.

The 26th overall draft pick is playing with unshakeable confidence right now, and it’s great to see.

Sending him to junior at the start of the season was the right decision in the end. We can see just how interesting his progression curve is, and we must salute the decision of the Habs organization, which didn’t want to rush anything in his case.

If he can set an example for the youngsters who will be arriving in the next few years, that would be something.

Extension

Things are about to get a little more complicated for Mesar and the Slovaks.

After beating the Czech Republic (6-2), Switzerland (3-0) and Denmark (8-4), they’ll face the USA next Sunday before finding out their fate in the medal round.

I can’t wait to see how Mesar responds in the face of adversity.

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