Who Is Victor Mete and Will He Play?

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Victor Mete earlier this summer season, and the followers didn’t go loopy.

The purpose that Toronto Maple Leafs followers didn’t extensively have fun the acquisition of Victor Mete has far more to do with the workforce’s philosophy than the participant himself.

The Leafs make use of a “studs and duds” strategy to the wage cap whereby they’ve dedicated to a big core of gamers and always change out low-cost participant (the duds) seeking guys who out-perform their contracts.

That implies that each summer season all of us get eight or 9 new gamers to find out about, most of whom received’t last more than a cup of espresso.

But each every so often, one among these guys turns into Michael Bunting or David Kampf, so they’re value understanding.

With that in thoughts, here’s what I may find out about Victor Mete from hockeydb.com, Capfriendly.com, naturalstattrick.com and watching some vids on youtube.

Toronto Maple Leafs and Victor Mete

The Leafs signed Mete to a one-year $750 Ok contract which, when it expires, will make him an RFA.

Born in 1998, the Woodbridge, Ontario native is an area child who now doubtlessly get the possibility to suit-up for his hometown workforce.  The diminutive Mete is simply 5’9, and he shoots left.   He was drafted within the 4th spherical by the Canadiens in 2016.

He performed components of 4 seasons with the Canadiens, then performed the final two with the Habs.

In whole he has performed 236 NHL video games, has 5 objectives and 43 factors.

Mete is the everyday form of prospect who will get misplaced in transition to the NHL:  he’s proficient with out being an automated star, and he’s small and pigeon holed as a “offensive defenseman” which severely limits his down-the-lineup alternatives.

He didn’t do sufficient with the alternatives he’s had, however gamers like him don’t are likely to thrive within the sorts of roles they get compelled to play within the NHL.  For instance, Mete has solely ever seen extraordinarily restricted alternatives on an NHL power-play.

Reading a number of scouting experiences, and taking a look at video highlights, he’s a fast participant, and everybody just about common calls him a wise participant.  But he isn’t sturdy, and he isn’t ever going to be.

But once you examine his pure expertise, and you have a look at his underlying stats (earlier than attending to the completely horrible Senators, he at all times maintained no less than a 50% CF, and VERY stable Expected Goals numbers).

Additionally, like TJ Brodie, he’s a lefty who can play the suitable facet.

Mete’s path to taking part in time in Toronto is sophisticated (they’ve 9 NHL defenseman, to say nothing of Topi Niemela and Mikko Kokkonen) however he’s going to be among the many greatest gamers within the AHL, and will possible ultimately see some minutes because of the inevitable accidents which might be sure to happen.

The Toronto Maple Leafs know he’s a longshot to be a significant contributor, however additionally they know that in the event you play the numbers with sufficient of those guys, that you simply ultimately get fortunate.

There is not any danger to this signing, and the potential of an honest reward.  Mete may simply end up to the be defensive model of Michasel Bunting, although he most likely received’t.


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