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.
Persistence results in goal
RWSan Jose Sharks
November 19, 2019
Labanc scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Oilers.
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Labanc poked a goal behind Mikko Koskinen in the first period after the Oilers' goalie was unable to corral a puck in his crease. Labanc has four points in his last two games, and 13 points in 22 contests overall this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:22
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
14:21
2:14
0:01
2018–19
14:01
2:19
0:01
2019–20
16:22
3:00
0:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Factors in on all three goals
RWSan Jose Sharks
November 16, 2019
Labanc scored once and added two helpers in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Red Wings.
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Slings helper
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November 1, 2019
Labanc managed an assist, three shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Jets.
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Scores in loss
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October 27, 2019
Labanc scored a goal on three shots and added two PIM in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
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Scores lone goal in loss to Leafs
RWSan Jose Sharks
October 25, 2019
Labanc scored a goal on his lone shot and contributed a pair of hits Friday in a 4-1 loss to Toronto.
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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.
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