The battle between NCAA and CHL for junior hockey players wages on as a 2014 OHL draft pick has “no interest” in joining the team that drafted him. When the Owen Sound Attack drafted Victor Mete 8th overall in the 2014 priority OHL draft, the move surprised a lot of people considering Mete made it clear he didn’t want to go to the OHL.
Victor Mete’s intentions for next season are to pursue his junior hockey career playing in the NCAA. Mete has already received attention from Boston College, Michigan and Notre Dame. The 5-foot-8, 157 pound defenceman had no idea a team would take him so early in the first round and appears to have already made up his mind to play in the NCAA division I.
His agent had this to say;
“We’d indicated to every OHL team that Victor had no interest in the OHL and was pursuing college hockey at this time. Owen Sound, they have all the right to select him. But at this time he’s got no interest.”
Victor Mete played on the blue line alongside OHL first overall pick, Jakob Chychrun, with the Toronto Junior Canadiens AAA squad.
If Mete does not report to Owen Sound training camp, the Attack can utilize the new “comp pick rule.” The rule gives a team the right to trade a player that doesn’t show to training by declaring him “defected.” If that’s the case, the drafting team is given another first round pick a slot lower than where they picked in the next OHL draft.
Should Mete lace-up for the Owen Sound Attack, he will be deemed ineligible to play college hockey and is leaning towards some time in the OJHL next season before making the jump to college.
While Victor Mete still has time to make up his mind on where he will play next season, he is leaning towards the NCAA route right now.