Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc continued his strong season with 12 points thus far in the playoffs.
We take a look at two San Jose Sharks prospects competing for an OHL Championship in our continuation of our CHL playoff coverage. With only one team remaining, Sharks fans will have all of their attention focused on one series.
Barrie Colts vs. North Bay Battalion
Fresh off of game seven victories, both of these teams will go head-to-head to determine which team earns a berth in the OHL Eastern Conference Final. For the Colts, the Missisauga Steelheads gave them a bigger scare than they liked. The Colts, down a goal, needed a miraculous third period to pull ahead of the Steelheads and advance. Alexander Nylander and Michael McLeod were spectacular in the near upset.
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However, Kevin Labanc continued his MVP-caliber season with 12 points in the series. He was part of the reason why Justin Scott is currently gaining interest from some NHL teams. While he is an overager, Labanc should have no problem stepping into the San Jose Barracuda lineup next year and contributing to their success.
As for Dylan Sadowy, he notched three points in six games of the series. That helps but I have to think the Sharks expect more from Sadowy. As Sadowy is eligible to re-enter the draft if he isn’t signed, tracking his progress should be a key focus for Sharks fans. His body of work in the OHL should get him there but if his offense disappears in the playoffs, fans should be concerned.
Sadowy’s point totals come with an asterisk though. As a player notorious for shooting the puck and scoring goals, maybe Sadowy is running on some poor shooting luck. Either way, his current status as an unsigned prospect should make him a more interesting case than Labanc who is relied upon to score two points a game.
As for the Battalion, their leading scorers include Los Angeles Kings prospect Mike Amadio, and Arizona Coyotes prospect Kyle Wood. Along with overager Matthew Santos and draft-eligible defenseman Cam Dineen, the Battalion possess a healthy amount of depth that can give the Colts fits if they aren’t careful. Their top-end talent likely doesn’t match the Steelheads but they are still a notable team to play against.
That being said, this looks like an even series with the Colts being a slight favorite, so I don’t foresee either team taking the other one lightly. Don’t be surprised if this series goes seven games like the last one.