Kevin Labanc
Kevin Labanc
23-Year-Old Right WingRW
San Jose Sharks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Labanc took another big step forward in his second full NHL season last year, setting career highs in goals (17) and assists (39) while averaging just over 14 minutes of ice time. The 23-year-old became a key member of the Sharks' lethal power play, as evidenced by the two goals and 18 helpers he racked up with the man advantage. Labanc, who was a restricted free agent this offseason, decided to re-sign with San Jose on a one-year, $1 million "prove-it" deal, so he'll be extra motivated to produce in 2019-20 in order to earn himself a major payday. Now that Joe Pavelski and Gustav Nyquist are no longer in the picture, Labanc should have a permanent spot in the Sharks' top six this season, which means his average ice time should increase pretty dramatically. That, of course, should lead to additional scoring opportunities for the American winger, giving him legitimate 25-goal, 70-point upside for the upcoming campaign. Labanc could end up being a fantastic value in the middle rounds of this year's fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Sharks in July of 2019.
Finds first helper
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October 16, 2019
Labanc had a power-play assist and two PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Labanc is slowly heating up with three points in his last three games, which accounts for all his offense this year. The New York native has added 20 shots on goal and a minus-9 rating through seven games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Labanc had a breakout year during his sophomore campaign in 2017-18, racking up 11 goals and 40 points while firing 156 shots on net in 77 contests. The 22-year-old forward should only continue to improve in 2018-19, and he could easily surpass the 15-goal and 50-point thresholds if he averages more than two minutes per game with the man advantage for a second straight season. Labanc is an up-and-coming player with significant offensive upside who should slot into a prominent top-six role with the Sharks this campaign, making him a name fantasy owners will want to remember when rounding out their forward corps in drafts this year.
The Sharks look brilliant for taking a chance on Labanc as a sixth-round draft choice in 2014. He claimed the 2016 Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the OHL's leading point-getter with the Barrie Colts -- providing a ridiculous output of 39 goals and 88 assists -- and the shifty American winger is on the heels of a rookie NHL campaign consisting of 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) and a plus-9 rating over 55 games. Labanc is known as a fearless competitor who likes to chase down loose pucks, and that bodes well for his fantasy prospects. Best of all, he's likely to come cheap given that there's a host of options at the winger spot, and Labanc isn't a household name just yet.
Signed an entry-level contract with San Jose in March 2016.
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Nets game-winner
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October 13, 2019
Labanc scored the game-winning goal and posted three shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
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Enters goal-scoring ledger
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October 10, 2019
Labanc scored a power-play goal on four shots and was minus-3 in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Blackhawks.
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Playing Friday
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October 4, 2019
Labanc (face) will be in the lineup for Friday's clash with Vegas.
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Exits after high hit
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October 2, 2019
Labanc (face) exited Wednesday's contest versus Vegas after a high cross-check, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Back with San Jose on one-year deal
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July 8, 2019
Labanc re-signed Monday with the Sharks on a one-year contract.
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