Defenceman Victor Mete will return to the Canadian as from 12 January

Photo: Nathan Denette, The canadian Press
Victor Mete will face the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Victor Mete will continue his apprenticeship in the NHL, as the Canadian announced Saturday afternoon that the defender will be back with the club on 12 January.


The Canadian will face the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, before enjoying five days of leave. Mete, therefore, could face the Bruins in Boston, Saturday next.


Mete had been loaned to the canadian team for the world Championship of junior hockey after he played 27 games in the NHL, collecting four helpers.


He helped Canada win gold at the tournament presented from December 26 to January 5 in Buffalo. He has amassed three helpers in six games.


19-year-old, Mete could be returned to the junior level. Its rights in the junior hockey belong to the Knights of London, in the League of Ontario (OHL).


The head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien had said earlier in the day that the team would “soon” take a decision on the future of Mete. The team has kept its promise.


If Mete had been demoted to junior hockey, he would have been eligible to play with the canadian team to the olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 9 to 25 February. For the first time since 1994, the NHL players will not participate in the olympic tournament.


After having shone during training camp, and gained his position within the brigade’s defensive Habs, Mete had seen his playing time decrease during the fall. Used it regularly for more than 20 minutes per game by the coach of Team Canada junior, Dominique Ducharme, Mete has had an excellent tournament and he helped the team defeat Sweden 3-1 in the final on Friday.


“I think it was one of the best defenders on the team,” said Julien about Mete. He was reliable in his zone and moved the puck. He was on the ice when [Sweden] has replaced its goalkeeper for an extra attacker, and he made the pass that led to the goal in an empty net.


“For players such as Mete, and I think also from [Torey] Krug in Boston, they must improve defensively when they arrive in the national League. They are not very big and they can’t use their body. They must be fast and smart. They must play with their sticks and quickly close the space. Victor has improved a lot at this level this season. “


In addition, Julian has also had good words for another hope of the Canadian who was participating in the world junior Championship : the american center Ryan Poehling.


“He is a good centre manager, said Julien about the choice of the first round of the team last June. What we hear is that he is much improved offensively since last year. During the tournament, it was used in important situations and he had an important role. We will continue to follow him closely, and I hope that it will be part of the team in the fairly near future. “