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Labanc taking demotion to minors in stride: 'I've just got to keep working'

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Labanc taking demotion to minors in stride: 'I've just got to keep working'

Kevin Labanc is taking his demotion to the AHL in stride.

The Sharks sent the 21-year-old winger down to the San Jose Barracuda, their top minor league affiliate, on Sunday. Labanc suited up for the Barracuda that same night, firing a team-high five pucks on net, and adding two assists in San Jose’s 6-1 win over the Texas Stars. 

“It was definitely fun. You just take it for what it is,” Labanc said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I felt good. I felt confident and I’ve just got to keep working and keep proving myself every day.”

After scoring three goals in his first four games with the Sharks, Labanc was unable to find the back of the net in his next nine. In Saturday’s shootout win against Anaheim, head coach Peter DeBoer dropped Labanc to the fourth line. 

Labanc shuttled back and forth between the Sharks and Barracuda last season, scoring 19 points in 19 AHL games. After making the NHL roster out of training camp, this is his first stint in the minors this season. 

He hopes to “make a statement” during his time in the AHL, and has the right attitude, according to Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer. 

“You know what? He could have come down here with a big lip and I didn’t see it. He had fun out there,” Sommer told reporters after Sunday’s win. “This league is all about coming down and getting your mojo back.”

The Sharks are currently carrying 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders on their roster, with an open roster spot while defenseman Paul Martin is on injured reserve. 

Should the Sharks choose to carry an additional forward in Martin’s absence, Labanc will face stiff competition from his Barracuda linemates. 

Danny O’Regan also assisted on two goals on Sunday, while Marcus Sorensen scored a hat-trick. O’Regan and Sorensen are first and second, respectively, in scoring on the Barracuda. 

Pavelski the leader after day one of American Century Championship

Pavelski the leader after day one of American Century Championship

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski ended Friday alone atop the leaderboard at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. 

The 34-year-old has plenty of golf pedigree. He's nearly a scratch golfer, and currently plays at a 0.6 handicap, per the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Pavelski also told Aces in 2010 that he competed in the Wisconsin state tournament in high school. 

Pavelski finished Friday a point clear of former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, and seven clear of Warriors guard Steph Curry, a great golfer in his own right. He also held a nine-point lead over the three-time reigning champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder. 

The celebrity golf tournament's scoring system is a bit differently than other tournaments. An eagle is worth six points, a birdie is worth three, a par is worth none, while a double-bogey (or worse) is worth minus-two. By standard golf scoring, Pavelski shot a 70 on Friday. 

He will tee off on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. 

Sharks re-sign defenseman Dylan DeMelo

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Sharks re-sign defenseman Dylan DeMelo

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.

The 25-year old had a career-best 20 points — all on assists — in a career-high 63 games. He also had an assist in 10 playoff games.

“Dylan proved last season that he’s ready to be a full time NHL player and really blossomed towards the end of the year and into the playoffs,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a release announcing the signing Saturday. “His skating ability and strong play in both ends make him a valuable part of our blue line.”

DeMelo, selected by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, has totaled three goals and 29 assists in 133 games over parts of three seasons with the Sharks.