Victor Mete
Victor Mete
21-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's easy to forget that Mete's still just 20-years-old and prone to a young player's fluctuations. There was a clear line of demarcation in his 2018-19 season. The first 23 games saw him drop from 20 minutes of ice time on Opening Night to a season-low 12 minutes on Nov. 27 -- Mete's final game before a three-week demotion to AHL Laval. The left-handed blueliner has speed, is comfortable in transition and moves the puck well in the offensive zone, but he's on the small side, which often led to high-danger scoring chances for opponents at the NHL level. Three weeks later, after working on his anticipation and checking of opposing forwards, the Habs called Mete up to skate on their top pairing with Shea Weber. Now that he's improved defensively, the next step for Mete will be to work on his shot and overall contributions on offense. The 2016 fourth-round pick had 13 assists last year, and has yet to score a goal in 120 career NHL contests, so there's certainly room for improvement. If Mete shows growth as a point producer early on in 2019-20, he might be worth a speculative waiver claim, but there's no reason for fantasy owners to spend a pick on him during drafts this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens in March of 2017.
Lights lamp twice
DMontreal Canadiens
November 6, 2019
Mete scored two goals on five shots, blocked three shots and was assessed a two-minute minor penalty in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Bruins.
ANALYSIS
After needing 127 games to score his first NHL goal, Mete let only seven games pass before finding the back of the net for his second (and third) goal. It was his first multi-goal game since his first year of junior hockey. The two-goal effort came on a night when head coach Claude Julien moved Mete from the top to the second pair alongside Jeff Petry. "It was good," Mete told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette about his new assignment. "I thought we were able to kind of read off each other really well and made strong plays. I thought it was maybe a little bit faster moving the puck up. We both like to be in the play, so when I would see him go I'd stay back a little bit and when he would see me he'd stay back, too. I think we read off each other pretty well." Mete appears to be feeling more comfortable with his shot, an area of focus this past summer, and led the Canadiens in shots on goal Tuesday.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
15:35
1:24
0:08
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
17:46
0:19
0:53
2019–20
17:55
0:02
1:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
Mete was a pleasant surprise in training camp and as a result, earned a spot on the opening night roster. For a 19-year old, Mete is extremely poised and skates incredibly well. The Canadiens probably wished they weren't in a position to consider Mete, but they needed a mobile puck-moving defender besides Jeff Petry. Mete began the season on the top pairing, alongside Shea Weber but was then mothballed for a stretch, after making some early mistakes. Once Weber was sidelined by a foot injury and Mete returned from Team Canada's U-20 team, he averaged 16:28 of ice time and was even over 22 games before suffering a season-ending finger injury in March. He finished with seven points and led the defense at plus-5 over 49 games. Coach Claude Julien typically does not tolerate inconsistency from younger players, but may not have a choice with Mete, as Weber will miss the first two months and playing time will be there. Mete needs to grow at the NHL level and a demotion to AHL Laval would be a misstep by the organization at this point.
Victor Mete, a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 and still junior eligible, made the Canadiens roster and will suit up opening night. He had a breakout season with the London Knights of the junior Ontario Hockey League in 2016-17 when he had 44 points and 15 goals in 50 games. What jumps out immediately is Mete's speed and ability to transition. He has offensive upside despite not having one of those booming shots we typically associate with offensive blueliners. Mete counters that with constant movement and an ability to create lanes for himself, getting himself closer to the net. The challenge at the NHL level will be competing with the larger bodies. He's undersized and will be outmuscled. There's a very good chance he's up for the nine-game minimum before he rejoins the Knights in the OHL.
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Finishes minus-1 in win
DMontreal Canadiens
November 1, 2019
Mete had two shots, one hit, one blocked shot and finished minus-1 over 18:27 of ice time in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
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Scores first NHL goal
DMontreal Canadiens
October 17, 2019
Mete opened the scoring in Thursday's 4-0 win over Minnesota with his first NHL goal.
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Garners first point
DMontreal Canadiens
October 13, 2019
Mete had an assist with one shot and one blocked shot in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues.
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On top pair to open camp
DMontreal Canadiens
September 15, 2019
Mete lined up with Shea Weber during the Canadiens' first practice session Friday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Gets help on helper
DMontreal Canadiens
March 27, 2019
Mete garnered an assist in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers.
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