Weight: 175 pounds
Date of birth: June 7, 1998. Woodbridge, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 8th overall, 2014 Priority Selection (Owen Sound Attack)
“Prior to the draft, nobody was ever misled or it was never indicated that he had any interest in the OHL. Every team was aware of that. Owen Sound, they have all the right to select him. But at this time he’s got no interest.”
Advisor Ryan Barnes to Yahoo Sports.
Too often, when a situation arises where a player will not report to the OHL and is considering the NCAA option instead, we wonder about a player’s character. But we have to remember that a player at his age has to look at what is best for him. He (his family and advisors) has to consider life beyond hockey because there is never a guarantee. And for Mete and his family, education was at the top of his list.
One cannot deny that the City of Owen Sound could offer everything Mete was looking for in terms of education. Enter the London Knights, an elite organization when it comes to educational opportunities provided to its players. They paid a huge price to acquire his services and they will reap the benefits.
In an organization with the likes of Matthew Tkachuk, Max Jones and Olli Juolevi – all projected to be first round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft – there will be plenty of eyes on Mete. He himself has the potential to break into the first round and set a new standard for first round picks from one organization.
Many in the OHL circle have compared him to former Kitchener Rangers’ star defenseman Ryan Murphy – and almost as many say he is a better skater. More on that to come.
Mete played his Midget hockey for the Toronto Jr Canadiens where he scored 12 goals and 18 assists in 33 games.
The following season he joined the Knights and during his rookie campaign he scored 7 goals and added 16 assists in 58 games. But it wasn’t until the playoffs where he came into his own and became arguably the Knights’ best defender while scoring 1 goal and 7 assists in 10 games. He was named to the OHL second All Rookie Team.
Mete went on to represent Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and won a gold medal registering an assist in 4 games. Internationally he’s also represented Canada for Team Red at the World Hockey Challenge U-17 where he scored once and added an assist in 5 games and was an Alternate Captain.
Mete’s rookie season didn’t start out all sunshine and roses. He struggled defensively at times and was either tentative or lacking confidence offensively. However it all came together during the playoffs. It’s also carried over to this season.
Mete is an elite skater. It’s that skating ability that opens up options for him, whether it’s skating the puck out of danger or eluding a forechecker and getting himself into position to make a clean breakout pass. He has a very powerful shot and can quarterback the powerplay. It’s here that one can draw comparisons to Murphy.
However it’s defensively where the comparisons to Murphy should end. Mete has made tremendous strides defending. Despite the lack of size, he uses his skating abilities to put himself in position defensively and combined with his active stick and surprising strength, keeps players much bigger than him to the outside. He’s also not afraid to battle down low and in front of his goal and it’s surprising how often he skates away with the puck.
Mete made NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch as a B prospect – typically a second or third round pick. The first round is still very much within reach.
Here is an isolation video of Mete with the Toronto Jr Canadiens courtesy of TheScout.ca