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Update On Canadiens Filip Mesar & Logan Mailloux In OHL



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The Montreal Canadiens assigned two of their 1st round picks, Logan Mailloux and Filip Mesar, to the OHL last week, and the expectation is that both will make their season debuts this week.

A lot of eyes are going to be on two of the club’s most promising prospects as they make their starts in the OHL this season, and the anticipation grows with each passing day in both Kitchener and London.

Despite being loaned last week, neither has yet to suit up for their respective teams, but this is likely to change by the end of the week.


Mesar Delayed, Ready By Weekend?

On Saturday morning, the Montreal Canadiens announced that they had loaned Mesar to the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday morning after giving him a trial run in the Laval Rocket’s home opener.

For Filip Mesar, this presents an interesting opportunity, as the Rangers are currently 1-5-0 in their first six games, but have recently added 2022 OHL champion, Marco Constantini, in nets from the Hamilton Bulldogs. With their goaltending covered, the club was in desperate need of scoring punch and speed, and Mesar will now be able to provide that right off the bat; giving him a prime opportunity to develop his offensive game even further.

He was unable to play in Kitchener’s game on Sunday due to some IIHF transfer issues, according to NHL insider Jeff Marek, but the expectation is that he should be available to play in Kitchener’s games this upcoming weekend.

It will be interesting to see if Mesar will be used at centre, taking the spot of Joseph Serpa or Francesco Pinelli, or if he will be tried on the wing to start the season in Kitchener. It would be more likely to see him start down the middle, given the way he was deployed at training camp, but we’ll know more this coming Friday.


Mailloux’s Imminent Return To London Knights

With Logan Mailloux having been given an ELC and returned to the London Knights earlier this month, the expectations for him in London will be quite high, as he will want to pick up right where he left off last season prior to his shoulder injury.
“The expectation for him in London this year is that he’s going to come in and push to be the top guy in London,” said agent Dylan Liptrap on the expectations for Mailloux upon his return to the London Knights. “They’ve got a lot of good depth on the backend that’s going to push him to get better and become of of the OHL’s  go-to guys.”
Mailloux has been in London for a week, training with his teammates and getting accustomed to London’s system once again before jumping into game action this week. The London Knights desperately needed a boost on the backend, as they were missing both Mailloux and Isaiah George, the club’s two top defensemen.
The expectation in London at the moment is that Mailloux will likely be ready to play on Wednesday against fellow Canadiens prospects Cédrick Guindon and the Owen Sound Attack; meaning the wait is almost over.
With George having returned this weekend, and Mailloux set to return this week, it likely won’t be long before the Knights get back to their winning ways.

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