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Kevin Labanc Facts

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 5:40 PM / News
By Dan Marrazza  - Staff Writer
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Kevin Labanc Facts
Here are some quick facts about 2014 Sharks sixth-round draft choice Kevin Labanc.

Sometimes, later-round Draft picks are seen as longshots to make the NHL.

Ryane Clowe and Tommy Wingels (6th round). Joe Pavelski, Justin Braun and Jason Demers (7th round). Evgeni Nabokov (9th round).

The Sharks have unearthed gems from the later round before.

This year’s candidate to be the next late-round steal is forward Kevin Labanc, a New York City native who seems to embody a blue-collar approach to the game.

Being that Labanc is only a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward and considers his style to be of the blue-collar variety, perhaps the best comparison for him is to Ryan Callahan. Callahan displayed similar characteristics as Labanc does when he emerged from the Draft’s later rounds to become a quality NHL player, so there’s no reason to believe Labanc can’t follow in Callahan’s footsteps.

And perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but Labanc says that his favorite player growing up was Ryan Callahan.

Labanc brings more than just a meat-and-potatoes approach to the game. He also carries an underrated set of hands.

  1. Originally a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program, Labanc seemed destined to play collegiate hockey. However, he instead elected to play Canadian junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, where he was a teammate of 2014’s first overall selection, Aaron Ekblad.

  2. Shortly after being drafted by the Sharks, Labanc bluntly explained that the reason he chose to play in the Ontario Hockey League was because he thinks it is a “better league” than the NCAA.

  1. Another reason that choosing to play for Barrie has benefited Labanc is that his coach there is Dale Hawerchuk, a Hockey Hall of Famer former goal-scoring star who was drafted first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981. Bottom line is that Labanc’s development is currently in the hands of a coach who knows exactly what it is he’ll have to do to develop into an NHL player.

  2. Labanc was born in the New York City borough of Staten Island, and played hockey as a teenager for the New Jersey Rockets junior team, which are based out of the New Jersey Devils practice facility connected to the Prudential Center.

  3. Although the New Jersey Rockets are not a major junior hockey team, they have produced a handful of notable NHL players. Both Jeremy Roenick and current Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson are former Rockets.

MORE SHARKS 2014 NHL DRAFT CLASS FACTS
 Round 1, Pick 27 - F Nikolay Goldobin  Round 3, Pick 81 - F Dylan Sadowy
 Round 2, Pick 46 - D Julius Bergman  Round 4, Pick 102 - D Alexis Vanier
 Round 2, Pick 53 - F Noah Rod  Round 5, Pick 149 - F Rourke Chartier
 Round 3, Pick 72 - F Alex Schoenborn  Round 6, Pick 171 - F Kevin Labanc

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 50 25 18 11 43
L. Couture 50 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 46 11 30 2 41
B. Burns 50 11 25 -4 36
P. Marleau 50 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 50 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 49 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 44 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 21 11 5 .914 2.51
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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