Kevin Labanc believes Sharks have tools to be best NHL team in 2020-21


On paper, the Sharks have one of the best rosters in the NHL.

But on the ice, San Jose fell well below expectations during the 2019-20 season.

Coming off back-to-back 100-plus point seasons, the Sharks have just 63 points with 12 games remaining in the suspended season.

With the standings frozen due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sharks have the worst record in the Western Conference.

But Sharks forward Kevin Labanc is confident they can turn things around next season.

"I think experience of us being together, it helps a lot," Labanc told NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil last week. "And we know each of us can bring something to the table. We all know we can step up our game, be the best team in the league. We obviously didn't show it this past season, but I think we all know we can.

"It's obviously going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but we have the tools, we have the players to do so. It's just a mindset, coming to the rink every day, doing your workout."

Once the 2020 NHL offseason begins, Labanc will be a restricted free agent. Through 70 games, Labanc has scored 14 goals and dished out 19 assists.

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The Sharks are better than their 29-36-5 record. No one knows if they'll get a chance to prove it over the last 12 games of the current season. But whenever the 2020-21 season begins, they will be motivated to get back to the playoffs and make a run at Lord Stanley's Cup.

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