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Victor Mete to return to the Canadiens

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Rookie defenceman ends junior career with gold medal at World Junior Championships

NHL: DEC 02 Red Wings at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After considering returning him to the OHL’s London Knights for the remainder of the season, the Canadiens confirmed that defenceman Victor Mete would in fact return to the Canadiens this season after all.

Mete just won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, where he played mostly on the top pairing alongside Conor Timmins. The decision was made to not send him to the junior ranks and rather bring him back to the NHL club.

After an unexpectedly impressive showing from the 2017 Rookie Tournament through the entirety of the Montreal Canadiens’ pre-season and his rookie NHL campaign, Mete returns to lend a hand to the Montreal Canadiens in the second half of their season.

Victor Mete will miss the opportunity to play in the Winter Olympics, and his Junior career is essentially over.

In 27 games with the Canadiens, Mete put up four assists, a +5 rating, and a 51% corsi for rating, playing an average of 15 minutes per game.