Kevin Labanc | LW, RW
Stats: 50GP, 11G, 14A, 25Pts
I didn’t think that the San Jose Sharks were going to be able to keep Kevin Labanc on the roster and sign some of their veterans like Joe Thornton. Unless Labanc took some sort of discount on his bridge deal. And that’s exactly what happened.
Labanc signed a single year extension for $1 million to give the Sharks one more kick at the can. And it failed spectacularly.
Not only is the Brooklyn native on pace for 41 points, well below the 56 he put up last season, but the Sharks are spiraling to the bottom of the NHL. Big decisions need to be made with the roster. Like, how will Doug Wilson approach that handshake agreement he made with Labanc when that single year extension was negotiated?
Labanc is young, talented, and would be under team control for a number of years. He just turned 24 this past December. Labanc is the type of player that on his own wouldn’t return a first-round pick, but he’s not far off either.
He’s an exciting young player that could add that dynamism the Islanders need in their top-six. Although with a career-high 17 goals (he’s on pace for 18 this year) he’s not exactly the goal-threat the Isles looking for.
But getting the chance to add a talented young player is never one you should pass on lightly. The Islanders have a shot here to see bring in Labanc. They need to try.