Slovakian forward Filip Mešár joins the Kitchener Rangers’ ranks

The 5-foot-10, 168-pound right-shot forward will wear number 48 for the Rangers this season

The Montréal Canadiens announced that Slovakian forward Filip Mešár (pronounced Fil-lip Meh-Shaar) was assigned to the Kitchener Rangers Saturday afternoon.

The 5-foot-10, 168-pound right-shot forward is 18, ranking 26th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft before signing a three-year NHL entry-level contract with Montréal in July 2022. In the 2021 CHL Import Draft, Mešár was a first-round selection (9th overall) by the Kitchener Rangers.

“We’re excited to add a player of (Mešár’s caliber,” said Kitchener Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie. “(Mešár) brings both European professional hockey and now NHL pre-season experience to our lineup. We’re looking forward to providing the resources to (Mešár) for his development here in Kitchener.”

Most recently, Mešár suited up for three preseason games with the Habs during training camp, registering a plus-two differential while averaging 12:53 of ice time. He also made his North American pro-debut in Laval on Friday, finishing the night with two shots on goal and a minus-one differential in the Rocket’s home opener.

Mešár has played in Slovakia’s highest-level men’s professional league, the Tipos Extraliga (Slovak Extraliga), since he was just 16-years-old. He also recorded 30 points (12G, 18A) and a plus-5 rating in 73 games during his two years with HK Poprad.

A native of Kezmarok, Slovakia, Mešár represented his nation on the international stage, recording eight points (2G, 6A) in five games to help lead the Slovaks to a Silver Medal at the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He also competed in two games with Slovakia as an under-aged player at the IIHF World Junior Championships before the event was canceled due to the pandemic.

Filip is expected to arrive in Kitchener Saturday afternoon and will wear number 48 for the Rangers this season.

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