Kevin Labanc welcomes higher expectations with new contract

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Perhaps Kevin Labanc’s importance to the San Jose Sharks has never been greater than it is right now.Not only will Labanc be counted on to produce at a high level, but as someone projected to play on one of the Sharks’ top two lines next season, he’ll also have to improve his two-way game as he skates regularly against elite NHL forwards.“I know I’m a top six forward in this league,” Labanc, 24, said Saturday. “I know I can produce. I know I can be reliable defensively.”The Sharks showed their faith in Labanc, signing him to four-year contract extension worth a reported $18….

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