The San Jose Sharks forward, who was a compensated free agent, signed a four-year contract extension with the team on Saturday.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed. Last year, the 24-year-old right-winger signed for a year and $ 1 million to help the Sharks stay below the salary cap.
Labanc, sixth round pick (171e overall) in 2014, has established himself for four seasons as an important element on the first two lines of San Jose. He had just 33 points last season, but had 56 in 82 games the year before.
“Kevin brings a rare level of offensive skills and creativity to our roster and has established himself as a top 6 forward in our league,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. […] Kevin has shown a consistent ability to perform at a high level both in the regular season and in the playoffs and will be an important member of our club for years to come. ”
In the playoffs, the native New Yorker had 14 points in 30 games. Sharks fans will long remember his four points in four minutes that saw the California team come back from behind and knock out the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the 2019 Playoff Round 1.