Victor Mete is the next big call for applications for the Montreal Canadiens after Max Domi, and the team may use their year to make their overtime a precious one.
The 2019-20 season was to be important for Victor Mete. He was entering the final year of his entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens and was number two next to Shea Weber locked in a training camp. Even as Mete entered his third NHL season without a goal in his name, the window of opportunity to cash was large and inviting.
Mete has successfully ticked off some of these milestones for itself. The 21-year-old scored the first of four goals in Montreal’s 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. It was a long time coming for Mete, but he finally found the back of the net thanks to an assistant to Nick Cousins.
The defender would add three more goals for the Montreal Canadiens, all at an equal strength, giving the team another offensive weapon on the backend in addition to Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, and a surprisingly productive year for newly acquired Ben Chiarot. Unfortunately, and similarly to his previous seasons, his game away from the puck has seen him stripped of his responsibilities.
Claude Julien knocked Mete over the totem pole, giving Brett Kulak and Marco Scandella the opportunity to go shotgun with Weber before giving way to Chiarot. Kulak inserted himself into the second pair while Mete found himself again on the bottom pair.