Kevin Labanc
Kevin Labanc
25-Year-Old Right WingRW
San Jose Sharks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Labanc took a major step back in 2019-20, managing just 14 goals and 33 points in 70 contests a year after racking up 17 goals and 56 points in 82 games. Part of that downturn can be attributed to the Sharks' struggles as a whole, but Labanc has to shoulder part of the blame, too. Unfortunately for Labanc, San Jose doesn't project to be much better in 2020-21, but he'll still get plenty of opportunities to bounce back while skating on his team's second line and second power-play unit. Nonetheless, virtual managers shouldn't invest anything more than a late-round pick in Labanc on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $18.9 million contract with the Sharks in October of 2020.
One of each in overtime loss
RWSan Jose Sharks
May 9, 2021
Labanc scored a goal, dished an assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
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Labanc scored in the first period and set up Timo Meier's tally in the second period. The 25-year-old Labanc snapped a five-game point drought Saturday. He's posted 28 points, 127 shots on net, 59 hits, 31 PIM and a minus-8 rating through 54 contests.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:25
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
14:01
2:19
0:01
2019–20
16:04
2:25
0:02
2020–21
16:25
2:10
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Scores in return
RWSan Jose Sharks
April 28, 2021
Labanc (upper body) scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
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Back at it
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April 28, 2021
Labanc (upper body) will return to action Wednesday against Arizona, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Sitting out Monday
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Upper Body
April 26, 2021
Labanc (upper body) won't play Monday against Arizona, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Generates helper Saturday
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April 17, 2021
Labanc posted an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
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Scores equalizer Friday
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April 9, 2021
Labanc scored a goal on four shots and added three hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Kings.
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