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.
Back with San Jose on one-year deal
RWSan Jose Sharks
July 8, 2019
Labanc re-signed Monday with the Sharks on a one-year contract.
The 23-year-old was a restricted free agent, which always made it likely that he would return to San Jose in 2019-20. The American winger appeared in all 82 games for the Sharks a season ago, tallying 17 goals and 39 assists while averaging 14:01 of ice time per game. He'll likely fill a top-six role for San Jose during the upcoming campaign.
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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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Qualified by San Jose
RWSan Jose Sharks
June 26, 2019
Labanc received a qualifying offer from the Sharks prior to Tuesday's deadline.
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Supplies two assists
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May 15, 2019
Labanc notched a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Blues in Game 3.
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Finds twine in Game 1 win
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May 11, 2019
Labanc scored a goal in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
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Pots winning goal in Game 1
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April 26, 2019
Labanc scored the game-winning goal and went plus-2 in Friday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche for Game 1 of the conference semifinals.
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Rattles off four power-play points
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April 23, 2019
Labanc scored a goal and added three assists, all on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Golden Knights in Game 7.
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