Rookie Profile: Kevin Labanc

Stan Szeto - (USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto – (USA TODAY Sports)

The San Jose Sharks Sharks drafted right wing Kevin Labanc in the 6th round of the 2014 draft (171 overall). Before breaking into the NHL this season Labanc played in the OHL with the Barrie Colts. The OHL is one of the three big junior ice hockey league’s in Canada. He played for the Colts for three seasons accumulating 269 points in 198 games. He had two season with over 100 points and made the cut for the Sharks camp in 2016.

Labanc joined the Sharks for the preseason for the 2016-2017 season. He had two goals and two assists in the five preseasons he played, but was sent down to the AHL team San Jose Barracuda when the regular season started. During his tenor with the Barracuda Labanc was tied for the leading in scoring with four goals and 10 points total in six games.  The Sharks organization decided to call him to the big club for the first time on Nov. 6, 2017 ahead of a six game road trip across the East Coast.

In his fifth game played he scored his first goal and point in a Sharks jersey. The speedy winger showed flashes of greatness with his speed and  urgency to throw the puck at the net to make plays happen in the offensive zone. Labanc stayed with the big club for a while until recently where he would be sent back and forth from the Sharks to Barracuda. As of today he is with the Barracuda honing his skills until he gets the call to join the Sharks once again.