Kevin Labanc was a huge part of the Sharks' come-from-behind Game 7 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights back in April, tallying a goal and three assists when Team Teal buried four power-play markers in just as many minutes.
With as big as that moment was in this year's playoffs, it's really no surprise the young forward has revisited that game a couple of times during the offseason.
"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't watched highlights of that game a couple of times," Labanc told the media on a conference call Monday. "People ask me about it every other week I think."
That four-point effort was just one instance that highlighted how Labanc transformed into a difference-maker for the Sharks this past season. Now that he has re-signed to a one-year contract that will keep him in teal, he's looking to capitalize on his accomplishments from the last campaign -- and even take on some leadership responsibilities.
"I see myself taking on a bigger role," the Staten Island, New York native said. "I think last year was a good stepping stone for me to kind of prove to myself that I can handle a top-six role. I'm looking forward to next season and looking forward to being one of the top players on the team."