Montreal Canadiens loan first-round draft pick to Kitchener Rangers

The Montreal Canadiens have loaned Slovakian forward Filip Mesar to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OHL).

The decision was announced less than 12 hours after the Slovak-born right winger completed his first professional game in North America with the Laval Rocket.

In the Rocket’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Belleville Senators on Friday night in Laval, Mesar directed two shots on net and finished the game with a minus-1 defensive rating.

The 18-year-old also played in three pre-season games with the Habs during training camp. He posted a -2 defensive rating.

Mesar was taken in the first round, 26th overall, in the July draft.

The day after a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the Canadiens play their third game of the season tonight in Washington against the Capitals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on Oct. 15, 2022.

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