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#1 b3.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:58 PM

Joseph Labate

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Born Apr 16 1993  -- Eagan, MN 

Height 6.04 -- Weight 195 -- Shoots L





Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 4 #101 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft



                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2011-12  U. of Wisconsin             WCHA   37    5   15   20   24

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:43 AM

Joseph LaBate, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound center who played for the Academy of Holy Angels in Minnesota, has confirmed to The Hockey News that he has committed to the University of Wisconsin.

LaBate had 29 goals and 52 points in 26 games for the high school team, which did not qualify for the state tournament. In the Stars’ playoff loss to Prior Lake, LaBate had points on all three of his team’s goals.

He will play for the Badgers next season and is draft eligible this summer, where he is expected to go in the second or third round.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/38886-2011-NHL-draft-prospect-Joseph-LaBate-commits-to-the-University-of-Wisconsin.html

Combine stats:
JOSEPH LABATE  (Rank: #51)
HOLY ANGELS #-
Position: C / 
Shoots: L
*Height: 6' 3.75" 
Weight: 190 lbs.
Burnsville, MN, United States
April 16, 1993
Year		League	Team		Games	Goals	Assists	Points	PIM
2010/2011	HIGH-MN	HOLY ANGELS	25	27	22	49	42
2010/2011	MHSEL	TEAM SOUTH EAST	5	2	6	8	2
2009/2010	HIGH-MN	HOLY ANGELS	27	29	30	59	

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#3 GarthButcher5

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Wow, this is the year the 'nucks pick the big men I guess.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Another big player and this one a center, going to a solid NCAA program next season.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:46 AM

Man we're really going big this year. I'm really liking this. It's exactly what we need in the system.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:46 AM

Ha, this is the guy who laughed when we interviewed him and asked him to play a video game to test his hand-eye coordination and reaction times. Then he stopped laughing when they pulled out a pair of 3D goggles and he realized they were serious. They made him pick floating balls out of the air... LOL
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:47 AM

I wanted this kid with the 90th didn't think he'd be around at 101......love this pick
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:48 AM


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:51 AM

Finally addressing our size issues...
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Kassian.... Taylor Pyatt 3.0

Lies. He's more of a Steve Bernier. Hopefully his talent level goes up so he can become like a Taylor Pyatt.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 10:00 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q8V4vkN-Ls



Those are some bad uniforms....
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:51 AM

According to HFboards, this guy is one of the steals of the draft.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 12:52 PM

We're adding some strong guys up front.


Jensen, Grenier, Labate...

Edited by One one two, 25 June 2011 - 12:52 PM.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:22 PM

Best selection of the draft for the Canucks, his ceiling is so high nobody even knows what it could be

He's gonna do amazing at Wisconsin and i predict 10-15 goals 15-20 assists in his freshman season (bold for an NCAA freshman i know)

He's the least talked about, except maybe Corrado, but i think he will be the best after Jensen. We needed big power forwards and we added the 2 best available when we picked them.

I'm not thrilled with some picks, but im more excited by Labate than anyone the Canucks have picked in recent years, and anyone that knows me knows ive been covering a lot of drafts
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:25 PM

He is going to be a real steal if he turns out good. I'm very happy with this pick.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:40 PM

Excited to see how things turn out for him! I'm guessing he'll be paying his own way to the Canucks Rookie Camp this year (since he's college-bound).
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:47 PM

Another big forward, Gillis realizes it's the way to go, good to see.

High ceiling, and potentially a steal. Very good stats from past teams, can't wait to see what he can do for the University of Wisconsin.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:58 PM

I hate all the talk of "steals" before none of these guys have even suited up for a NHL game yet

Chill out and don't get excited
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 02:10 PM

Another big forward, Gillis realizes it's the way to go, good to see.

High ceiling, and potentially a steal. Very good stats from past teams, can't wait to see what he can do for the University of Wisconsin.

I think Gillis realizes the way to go is players with speed and skill. If you can get a player like that, that happens to have good size, then you go for it.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 02:20 PM

I hate all the talk of "steals" before none of these guys have even suited up for a NHL game yet

Chill out and don't get excited


What's wrong with getting excited?
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 02:30 PM

What's wrong with getting excited?


Because all the players we missed may be "steals" for all we know

Wait until they at least suit up for a NHL club
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:40 PM

Because all the players we missed may be "steals" for all we know

Wait until they at least suit up for a NHL club


You can say that about any draft if you think like that. So every draft is bad? We're going to miss some good picks no matter what.

To me, this way of thinking is critical and pessimistic as opposed to being hopeful that they will one day suit up. As good as it can be to stay focused and sit on the fence, it doesn't hurt to have at least some optimism. ;)
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:51 PM

Because all the players we missed may be "steals" for all we know

Wait until they at least suit up for a NHL club

I say next draft we should work on acquiring every single draft pick. That way there's no way we can miss any steals. ;)
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:39 PM

You can say that about any draft if you think like that. So every draft is bad? We're going to miss some good picks no matter what.

To me, this way of thinking is critical and pessimistic as opposed to being hopeful that they will one day suit up. As good as it can be to stay focused and sit on the fence, it doesn't hurt to have at least some optimism. ;)


As long as our picks play NHL games I'll be happy

And of course I'm optimistic. I just hate all this talk about our picks being "steals" a day after they are drafted
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:54 PM

Hey guys Kenward said this guy is a steal!
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:25 PM

For some reason I am thinking that the Canuck's are getting better at picking prospects after each draft under Gillis. This is only Gillis' 4th draft so it is too early to say the organization has improved after each of them. Nevertheless, with Gillis being so meticulous, and that he learns from mistakes, plus he leaves no stone unturned, well I just feel that with this kind of philosophy, it is bound to pay-off in the drafting department. It has already paid-off with the most successful season in Canucks' 40 year history. This after only 3 years under Gillis.

Although we picked at the lowest position ever, I have a feeling that this 2011 draft will more than have one steal. Joseph Labate is probably going to be one of them. He not only has the raw tools but he has a great attitude. Hard working, gritty, and motivated to make the Canucks. To me the debate should be - how can Labate not develope in a great organization like Gillis' Canucks.

Edited by Alexandre, 25 June 2011 - 06:28 PM.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:55 PM

As long as our picks play NHL games I'll be happy

And of course I'm optimistic. I just hate all this talk about our picks being "steals" a day after they are drafted


Well it's better than saying they'll be complete flops. ;)

In reality, a steal is just a prediction among other things. If you think in terms of where they could have been drafted and preferred playstyles (bigger players seem to be more popular in some drafts), a player who has slid into our spot could be considered a "steal". Schroeder 2 years ago would be a great example of this, having been ranked 5th. It doesn't mean all the teams in front of us didn't want him, it just means they wanted other players first. As a result, we were able to get Schroeder unexpectedly; thus, a "steal".

It's all a matter of perspective.
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:13 AM

Reading the mention of Schroeder made me think of Gillis and his vision:

GM MG deffinitely learned from the Finals, that it wouldn't have hurt to have a few more big men in our line-up.

Beyond that, if some of these big players we drafted pan out, they will compliment players like Hodgson and Schroeder, who aren't exactly big beasts out there.

Bravo MG. I have faith in you.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:30 AM

I hope for the best out of all the prospects.

This young man is well spoken and gracious so he is already a winner and I expect that to continue as he develops:

“I’m so thankful to be picked by such a great organization,” says the native of Burnsville, Minnesota. “You just hope to be picked by a good organization. I really like Ryan Kesler and I’m really thankful to be picked by them.”
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 01:17 AM

Best selection of the draft for the Canucks, his ceiling is so high nobody even knows what it could be

He's gonna do amazing at Wisconsin and i predict 10-15 goals 15-20 assists in his freshman season (bold for an NCAA freshman i know)

He's the least talked about, except maybe Corrado, but i think he will be the best after Jensen. We needed big power forwards and we added the 2 best available when we picked them.

I'm not thrilled with some picks, but im more excited by Labate than anyone the Canucks have picked in recent years, and anyone that knows me knows ive been covering a lot of drafts


Which ones weren't you thrilled with?

With Labate's size and skill, this seems like a pretty good pick. Any knocks on the guy? Skating or strength? Vision?
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 01:17 AM

Ha, this is the guy who laughed when we interviewed him and asked him to play a video game to test his hand-eye coordination and reaction times. Then he stopped laughing when they pulled out a pair of 3D goggles and he realized they were serious. They made him pick floating balls out of the air... LOL


That's an interesting story actually, where'd you hear this?
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