Filip Mesar has been on fire since the Montreal Canadiens sent him back to the Ontario juniors with the Kitchener Rangers.
The young forward was atop the OHL in points per game average before Saturday night’s games; he is now second behind teammate Carson Rehkopf among players who have appeared in at least five games.
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Before the Saturday night games
Mesar, who struggled to maintain his points per game average last season, had a spectacular opening in North America.
The Slovak and good friend of Juraj Slafkovski boasts 18 points, including five goals, in 10 games, with a difference of +11.
During the summer Butcher he challenged himself to play in the American League in 2023-2024. He started the season with the Laval Rockets, but, often moved from Jean-François Houle’s team and lacking physical maturity, he was finally sent back to Kitchener after getting an assist in two games.
Under the guidance of the European coach in Kitchener, Finn Jussi Ahokas, Mesar seems to have found his way.
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The right winger was the second pick of the Canadiens in the first round of the 2022 draft held in Montreal. After inviting Slafkovski to the very top, the staff turned to Mesar in 26th place, while some fans would have preferred Jiri Kulich to be the lucky one.
Kulich, who was selected by the Buffalo Sabers two rounds later, performed well in the American Hockey League (AHL) with 14 points (including 10 goals) in the same number of games.
Going back to Mesar, the CH prospect finds himself in a good environment to gain confidence and express his offensive skills.
The Rangers are in first place in the OHL with a record of 16-5. They also have the best attack with 106 goals scored so far.
The top 3 in the OHL scoring list are also occupied by three Rangers players: Rehkopf, Hunter Brzustewicz and Matthew Sop. If Mesar had arrived earlier and played more games, I guess he would have been in the top 5.
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