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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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 62 31 25 12 56
L. Couture 62 21 32 2 53
J. Thornton 58 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 62 16 29 -3 45
P. Marleau 62 13 31 -14 44
T. Wingels 55 12 15 -5 27
T. Hertl 62 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 51 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 57 7 11 10 18
M. Karlsson 33 9 7 4 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 16 7 .913 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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