Victor Mete

Montreal Canadiens
Kevin Hoffman

Fantasy Summary

An undersized, offensive-minded, puck-moving defenceman. Excellent skating, vision, playmaking, positioning but needs to grow and add strength.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 7, 1998
Height 5‘9”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 4; Overall: 100

Observations

March 2018 – Not long after being promoted to the top pairing with Jeff Petry, Victor Mete fractured his finger in a game against the New York Islanders. The injury essentially ends the season for Mete as his diagnosis is six weeks and as the Canadiens have early tee times shortly there-after the club figured they would give the rookie the extra time to heal while his teammates close out the NHL calendar. It’s a shame Mete won’t gain the experience of playing over 20 minutes a night against top scoring lines, but there is certainly no shame in any part how the 19-year-old’s season played out. He made the team out of no where in training camp, never looked back and grew every day. It’s especially impressive considering the somber environment that was the Montreal Canadiens of 2017-18. Mete will look to grab a hold of a top-six role on what’s surely to be a re-vamped defense core come September.  Mike Barrett

December 2017 – After slowly sliding down the depth chart over the last few weeks due to less efficient play and the presence of numerous other older defenseman, the Canadiens have opted to lend Victor Mete to Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships. It was the right move as Mete has been a healthy scratch after receiving minimal ice-time when he was in the line-up, but now has the chance to start fresh by competing against his peers. Mete’s NHL experience should go a long way in this tournament and he could be expected to carry the load on the blueline as the number one defenseman. As the WJC’s unravel, Canadiens management will be deciding whether or not Mete will re-join the troops in Montreal, or go back to London where he will certainly receive plenty of ice-time the rest of the season. Mike Barrett

October 2017 – Perhaps the most surprising player across the league to make an opening day roster is Victor Mete. While many first-rounders have surprised and made teams, it’s hard to find a former fourth-round pick who’s still junior eligible who has been playing major minutes on a first-pairing (with Shea Weber, where he will begin the season), plus power-play time. His skating is world-class, and his excellent vision and awareness allow him to compete against bigger and stronger players. Mete could still be returned to London at some point, but with Montreal having a big gap on that left-side offensively after the departures of Andrei Markov, Nathan Beaulieu and Mikhail Sergachev, Mete could stay the long-haul if he can sustain this level of impact during the regular season. Mike Barrett

September 2016 – Mete was one of several Canadiens prospects to be sent down to their respective junior teams prior to NHL training camp opening up. Upon returning to London, Mete will be their number one defenseman as the club awaits the potential return of Olli Juolevi from Canucks training camp. Regardless of Juolevi’s fate, Mete is going to have a big year for the Knights. Mike Barrett

June 2016 – Concern about his size caused the explosive blueliner to plummet to the fourth round in spite of eye-popping skill. Mark Allan

March 2016 – Mete had an impressive rookie season in the OHL with the London Knights scoring 23 points in 58 games before breaking out in the post-season with eight points in ten games. In his sophomore season and draft year, Mete has continued to improve and is a little under the radar on a powerhouse Knights team loaded with high profile draft eligible prospects. Mete is very small, even by junior sandards and in the past would never have been considered a candidate for the NHL. But his elite skating and puck carrying abilities fit in today’s NHL so he has a chance. Mete has a reputation as an offensive minded defenceman, but his defensive game is very understated. He uses his mobility effectively and finished the season with a plus -53 rating.


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Toronto Jr. Canadiens Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Jr. Canadi. Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Jr. Canadi. Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 1 3 4 2 |          
 2013-2014 Toronto Jr. Canadi. Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 33 12 18 30 10 | Playoffs 14 3 3 6
  Toronto Jr. Canadi. Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 0 - - - - |          
  Team GTHL Red OGC-16 5 0 3 3 0 |          
  Toronto Jr. Canadiens Midget AAA GTHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team Red U17-Dev 3 0 2 2 0 |          
  London Knights OHL 58 7 16 23 14 | Playoffs 10 1 7 8
  Canada Red U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
 2015-2016 London Knights OHL 68 8 30 38 18 | Playoffs 18 4 7 11
  Team Red U18-Dev 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  London Knights M-Cup 4 1 0 1 2 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 1 1 0 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2016-2017 London Knights OHL 50 15 29 44 14 | Playoffs 14 1 6 7
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Montréal Canadiens NHL 49 0 7 7 4 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 6 0 3 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Montréal Canadiens NHL 63 0 11 11 6 |          
  Laval Rocket AHL 7 1 3 4 0 |          

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