On Thursday, November 18, rookie forward Kevin Labanc scored his first National Hockey League goal - and first NHL point - against the St. Louis Blues. The twenty-year-old scored in his fifth game with the big club.
The goal came in the second period in St. Louis. On a delayed penalty, Joe Thornton passed the puck to Labanc in the slot. Labanc spun around while shooting, putting the puck past goaltender Jake Allen to tie the game.
The Staten Island native was originally drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. In his final season in the OHL, he led the league in points with 127 points (39 goals, 88 assists) in 65 games. He is the third player drafted after the third round of the 2014 draft to score an NHL goal.
Labanc is in his first professional season, joining the AHL's San Jose Barracuda after a junior career with the Barrie Colts. After leading the Barracuda in points with an impressive 10 points in 6 games, Labanc was recalled by the Sharks for the season-long six game road trip.