This article is part of our The Coming Thing series.
The urge to discuss the extraordinarily frightening things going on in American government right now is strong, I must admit. But fortunately for you, dear reader, I won't dwell on such trivial matters; let's cover the movements of hockey prospects instead.
Comings and Goings
Kevin Labanc, RW, SJ – After putting four points together in the space of three games, Labanc earned himself an increase in ice time, but it didn't work out – he averaged 15:19 over a six-game stretch in which he managed only a single assist. The 21-year-old Labanc's time hasn't quite come yet, as he's still looking for that NHL-grade consistency, so the Sharks sent him down to get some extra AHL action Wednesday; he'll probably get called back up again soon, I'd guess. Playing in the minors has been no challenge for the Staten Island native, who has 17 points in just 11 games for AHL San Jose.
Austin Czarnik, C, BOS – With Ryan Spooner (concussion) out, Czarnik's getting his shot again, but he was quiet in Thursday's game against Detroit, skating 15:47 and recording a single hit for his only stat. Such unimpactful play isn't typical from him, as the 24-year-old pivot was a 61-point man in the AHL last year, and he's had no problem there in a small sample this year either. Czarnik has so far been unable to break into a top-six role with Boston – as long as David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are around, there's not