The San Jose Sharks know they’ve a rising high participant in Kevin Labanc, they usually’ll cling onto him for a minimum of another 12 months as they signed him to a one-year extension on Monday.
Labanc, 23, had a powerful displaying for the Sharks this season, placing up a career-high 17 objectives and 56 factors (20 of them approaching the facility play) within the closing 12 months of his entry-level contract. He has continued to enhance on his numbers every season he is been within the NHL; he had 20 factors in his rookie season and doubled that time whole in 2017-18 earlier than lastly hitting the 50-point mark within the 2018-19 marketing campaign.
“Kevin took a big step forward in his production last season and has grown into an important part of our team here in San Jose,” normal supervisor Doug Wilson stated within the signing announcement. “He’s always had a dangerous shot but really stepped into a playmaking role for us last season and improved his 200-foot game as well. We think he still has even more potential to tap into and we’re excited to see what he can do with an elevated role with this talented group.”
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The Staten Island, New York, native was additionally instrumental in San Jose’s run to the Western Convention Last; his most notable efficiency got here within the crew’s Recreation 7 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, when he assisted on all three of the Sharks’ third-period power-play objectives and scored the go-ahead power-play tally throughout a 5 minute main penalty on Cody Eakin.
In 214 profession video games with the Sharks, Labanc has recorded 116 factors.
After dropping Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist to the free company market, San Jose will seemingly see Labanc step into an even bigger position this season because the top-line proper wing alongside Logan Couture and Timo Meier.
Given his pace, skating and scoring sense, Labanc will seemingly proceed to thrive and enhance on his numbers with extra ice time, as he is confirmed to be a constant scorer nonetheless within the prime of his profession.