For a player banking on himself to earn a payday next year, Kevin Labanc fell below expectations. Kudos to Labanc for taking his deal for wanting to compete for a Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, Labanc is not living up to the caliber many expected.
His ability to operate on the first line power-play unit is a plus for teams looking to upgrade and could easily be inserted on any line. At a young age, Labanc is still finding his game and a change of scenery could be in his best interest.
With the New York Rangers’ recent influx of goaltenders, Labanc could be a piece of the trade puzzle. A trade for a new goalie would spell the end for Jones in San Jose.
An unlikely deal to be made as Wilson stated Timo Meier is one of the current core members of the Sharks. However, after coming off a 30-goal season, Meier fell flat from the beginning and is struggling the most out of the current young players on the Sharks’ roster.
His contract is affordable and could net a decent haul. Drafted in 2016, the players before and after Meier’s selection are making more significant strides for their respected clubs.
For now, Meier gets a pass given the overall year by the Sharks. Hopefully, he can rebound.