The biggest surprise coming out of the Montreal Canadiens’ training camp was Victor Mete not only making the roster, but also ending up on the top pairing with Shea Weber.
Mete possesses a package of skills that the Canadiens desperately need on defence, with only Weber and Jeff Petry qualifying as any kind of puck mover, and especially on the left side where the Canadiens lost Andrei Markov in the off-season.
While his pre-season performance was strong, there were some who remained a little skeptical that Mete was actually ready for prime time, instead of just being a player who best fit the needs of the team. With four regular season games in, we can check in to see how he’s holding up to the rigours of the real pro game so far.
Through four games, Mete leads all Canadiens defencemen in transition plays, moving the puck up the ice 18 times per 20 minutes of ice time at even strength, which is exactly what the Canadiens need from him. However, while the number may be high, that doesn’t account for failed plays, so let’s look at how successful he’s been in transition relative to …read more