A young Canadiens forward criticizes his teammates and turns his back on Hughes

Elias Adaime
July 5, 2024  (5:04 PM)

Photo of Mesar and Juraj Slafkovsky
Photo credit: La Presse

With the additions of Ivan Demidov and Michael Hage in the 2024 draft, and the breakout of Juraj Slafkovsky in the second half of the season, things are looking promising in Montreal.

However, there's one Canadiens prospect who is barely talked about anymore: Filip Mesar. We're talking about a first-round pick here.
He was the team's second first-round pick in 2022, 26th overall, but the young Slovak forward hasn't impressed the Canadiens' management since his selection, and NHL prospect experts don't even rank him among the organization's top prospects anymore.
In 2023-2024, Mesar had a fairly good season with the Kitchener Rangers, tallying 52 points in 45 games and adding 16 points in 10 playoff games in the OHL.

Filip Mesar's peculiar attitude

However, as reported by Go Nordiques, the young man's attitude is, to say the least, rather questionable, as he didn't hold back from criticizing his teammates in an interview with a Slovak media outlet.
«When I was trying to create something, my teammates were a bit late, and it frustrated me slightly, but I had to get over it.»

Ouch! It's safe to say he won't be donning the captain's "C" on an elite hockey team anytime soon.
Mesar also admitted that he struggled to accept being cut from the Laval Rocket last fall, even though the organization made it clear to him that players like Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield were not playing in the NHL at the same age.
Furthermore, TVA Sports confirmed that despite his rookie status, Mesar has confirmed he will not attend the Canadiens' development camp.
He turned his back on this event and refused Kent Hughes' invitation.
«Although he is still considered a rookie, Mesar has confirmed that he will not participate in the Canadiens' development camp, which is scheduled to take place in the days following the draft. However, he will be present at the rookie camp in September.»

As more attention is given to Lane Hutson, Logan Mailloux, Owen Beck, and even Oliver Kapanen, it seems that Filip Mesar has fallen quite far in the hierarchy of the Canadiens' top prospects, and this kind of attitude won't help his future within the organization.
Credit: Go Nordiques
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A young Canadiens forward criticizes his teammates and turns his back on Hughes

Will we ever see Filip Mesar as a regular player for the Canadiens?

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