Sharks' prospect Kevin Labanc is in line for a breakout season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Labanc was drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by San Jose. Here's what HockeyProspect.com writer Todd Cordell had to say after attending Barrie's training camp.
All indications suggest Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc is in line for a breakout season. He looks like a much-improved player in camp, which is good news considering the Colts are losing quite a bit of talent up front. Labanc was electrifying almost every time he touched the ice. He consistently used his speed to back defenders off and gain the line with control of the puck, and created a ton of offense shift-after-shift. He was more decisive and creative, and the pace he played at was incredible. If he’s not the Colts leading scorer, he won’t be far from the top.
The 2014 draft is already looking promising. Bergman has signed an entry level contract. Goldobin may play with the big club next year. And now Labanc is primed for a breakout year. Barrie will lose some key players including Aaron Ekblad so Labanc will be more heavily leaned on this year. It will be exciting to watch him develop in the coming season.