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
Mailloux likely not playing till Wednesday in Owen Sound. George will miss tonight, maybe back Sunday. Montgomery has to sit as 4th OA. McCue suspended, Gazizov hurt.
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) October 14, 2022