Leafs add Jordie Benn and Victor Mete as defensive depth

Kyle Dubas stayed true to his word and went out and added some defensive depth today in the form of Benn and Mete. The contracts are expected to be in the one year, $750k range and we’ll update that when confirmed by the Leafs.
These are two buriable contracts, and we can fully expect that the Leafs may do that at least with Mete, but let’s discuss the players a little before we send them down to the Marlies.
Jordie Benn is 6’2 and absolutely the physical presence that Kyle Dubas was talking about acquiring for the blueline. He’s a left shot rather than a righty, but the options seem to be absolutely absent in free agency when it comes to right shot physical presence, outside of possibly PK Subban.
Benn’s numbers:
Season
Team
GP
G
PTS
PIM
ATOI
BLK
HIT
2018-19
MTL
81
5
22
39
18:12
128
124
2019-20
VAN
44
1
7
17
16:17
62
45
2020-21
VAN/WPG
39
1
10
9
14:45
51
19
2021-22
MIN
39
1
8
10
14:59
41
51

So yeah, it’s all about the hitting and the depth aspect when it comes to the Benn acquisition. The Leafs struggled as they looked down their lineup last year and Benn seems like a better option than players like Biega and Dahlstrom were, so there’s that.
As for Victor Mete, he’s got age on his side at being just 24 years of age, and it might not hurt to take a look at him. Like Benn, Mete is a left shoot, and doesn’t really address the right side needs of the Leafs, but fits from a depth perspective. Figuring out where he really fits in from a defensive archetype standpoint is probably part of the reason he’s struggled, but if the Leafs are looking at him not as a day one Leaf, but a project to tackle throughout the year, the move makes sense.
Season
Team
GP
G
PTS
PIM
ATOI
BLK
HIT
2019-20
MTL
51
4
11
20
16:00
60
20
2020-21
MTL/OTT
28
1
5
8
15:48
35
19
2021-22
OTT
37
0
7
4
14:37
38
13

There really isn’t a whole lot pointing to why Mete makes sense, beyond adding to the Marlies. With the Leafs being light on callup options, Mete will still likely get some t …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation