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#31 bAsRa17

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 12:40 PM

This guy has wickid size and skill.
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 01:44 PM

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


It was in a Minnesota, or was it Ottawa, newspaper discussing the upcoming entry draft. I'll google it for you later.
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:46 PM

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


Here's the actual quote:

Labate, who played at Holy Angels and will attend Wisconsin in the fall, said Vancouver asked him to play a video game meant to test timing and decision-making. When they mentioned this, Labate said he laughed until he "realized they were serious."

"I walk in this room. I put these goggles on and all these balls were floating around and I had to pick certain ones," the 6-4 center said. "They said I did above average, so that's good."

Weird, too, but Labate said much better than the six 200- to 300-question psychological tests some teams had him take throughout the year.

"It's nuts, but you've got to do them," Labate said. "To me, it's an honor. How many kids would die to be at the combine? And I get it. These teams are making an investment in you. They want to make sure you're in it for the long haul and not going to flake out halfway through an 80-game season."

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 04:04 PM

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Ah, thanks. That was a pretty interesting read actually. I'm liking how MG is doing his tests with video games to test coordination and reaction time. Hopefully with the way he's evaluating them through outside-the-box thinking he can identify the gems in the later rounds. Kinda reminds me of how he decided to take Friesen last year - because he scored so high on intelligence tests they had come up with for these interviews.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:31 AM

I am also happy with this pick. A 4th round selection, big centre who was finalist for prestigious mr. hockey award in Minnesota. It seems like he has good attitude from reading interviews, and he has good skill, so I'm wondering why he is 4th rounder and not higher. I guess because teams don't want to reach on high school player sometimes. The player who won the award is Kyle Rau and he was selected 3rd round 91st, 10 picks before Labate. Hope that Joseph does well in Wisconsin.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 11:20 PM

I am also happy with this pick. A 4th round selection, big centre who was finalist for prestigious mr. hockey award in Minnesota. It seems like he has good attitude from reading interviews, and he has good skill, so I'm wondering why he is 4th rounder and not higher. I guess because teams don't want to reach on high school player sometimes. The player who won the award is Kyle Rau and he was selected 3rd round 91st, 10 picks before Labate. Hope that Joseph does well in Wisconsin.


Wisconsin has a pretty good program, guys like Rene Bourque, Joe Pavelski came from there, didn't turn out too bad =)
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:43 PM

Labate they call him, what a piece of work
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Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:54 AM

left camp early to get back to school since they start today. damn eligibility/scholarship rules.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:39 PM

U of Wisconsin eh... let's hope it turns out better for us and Labate than with Don Lucia in the U of M.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:32 AM

A little update on Labate, he tweeted this out earlier:

Hard work is paying off http://twitpic.com/6a8jil


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Looks like he's already starting to bulk up pretty good. On the other hand, those are ugly toes.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:51 AM

if only I could see the pic... I'd also like to comment on his gnarley toes.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:59 AM

if only I could see the pic... I'd also like to comment on his gnarley toes.

Well, I did post both the link and the pic just in case. Did the link not work?

EDIT: Forget about his toes, we can just watch your sig all day!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:00 AM

Well, I did post both the link and the pic just in case. Did the link not work?

it's blocked at work :emot-parrot:

Edited by avelanch, 23 August 2011 - 11:00 AM.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:49 PM

it's blocked at work :emot-parrot:

It's a picture of LaBate on a scale. He weighs in at 203.6 lbs now - he was 190lbs at the draft :)

An 18 year old 6'4" 205 lbs center with a great work ethic. I like what I'm seeing.

Edited by Dasein, 23 August 2011 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:52 PM

It's a picture of LaBate on a scale. He weighs in at 203.6 lbs now - he was just 180lbs at the draft :)

6'4", 205 lbs center with a great work ethic. I like what I'm seeing.

as long as that's not a result of the wellwood workout plan, then I am also liking what you are seeing...
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:18 PM

Wow thats Great if after 3 years in NCAA hockey hes around 225-230 we got a real gem on our hands. I've heard hes a big guy like thorton but does he have any grit to his game? Does he drive to the net
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:56 AM

^ Apparently he likes to play nasty and get physical, and has some soft hands, skill and smarts to go with it too.

I'm really hoping that our college prospect development experience is better than what we've seen at the U of M over the last few years. Wisconsin, this is your chance to sway me into believing the NCAA can be a very viable path to the NHL again. Posted Image
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:24 AM

^ Apparently he likes to play nasty and get physical, and has some soft hands, skill and smarts to go with it too.

I'm really hoping that our college prospect development experience is better than what we've seen at the U of M over the last few years. Wisconsin, this is your chance to sway me into believing the NCAA can be a very viable path to the NHL again. Posted Image

Wisconsin is actually a very good program, especially right now. The gophers have been going downhill fast for a number of years now. hopefully wisconsin stays a good program.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 04:49 PM

^ Apparently he likes to play nasty and get physical, and has some soft hands, skill and smarts to go with it too.

I'm really hoping that our college prospect development experience is better than what we've seen at the U of M over the last few years. Wisconsin, this is your chance to sway me into believing the NCAA can be a very viable path to the NHL again. Posted Image


Thats great to hear having a Big Gritty Centremen that puts up points, any chance he gets pick for US WJC
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 04:53 PM

^ Apparently he likes to play nasty and get physical, and has some soft hands, skill and smarts to go with it too.

I'm really hoping that our college prospect development experience is better than what we've seen at the U of M over the last few years. Wisconsin, this is your chance to sway me into believing the NCAA can be a very viable path to the NHL again. Posted Image


Playing nasty is all fine and good when you play in a league that doesn't allow fighting. He'll have to be able to answer the call in the pro ranks if he wants to continue doing that
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:22 PM

Thats great to hear having a Big Gritty Centremen that puts up points, any chance he gets pick for US WJC

Zucker - Bjugstad - Etem
Prince - Galchenyuk - Coyle
Miller - Grimaldi - Biggs
_____ - Shore - Noesen

I'm not super familiar with US prospects, but that's the lineup I conjured up while looking at the 40 invites listed on USA Hockey (http://www.usahockey...01_06&ID=304892)

It is criminal that Galchenyuk has not been invited at all, but he will be there for Team USA come December. This kid is simply too good to not be a part of the 2012 USA WJC squad even though he is draft eligible in 2012 (Top 5 pick). Galchenyuk is hands down the most offensively talented U20 USA prospect right now that is not playing in the NHL.

Anyways, LaBate certainly has a chance, but he would need to really impress in the first half of his season with Wisconsin to earn a spot on Team USA's 2012 WJC squad.

If LaBate has a strong year, he will have a good chance to make the 2013 team.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:12 PM

Don't see La Bate in the Young Stars Tourney today ......what am I missing?

Really impressed with his character and demeanour at draft day.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:28 PM

Something about the NCAA players not allowed to participate,I guess.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:36 PM

Something about the NCAA players not allowed to participate,I guess.

Yep, college players can't play in this tournament.

It's the reason why there's no McNally, Price, or Cannata too.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:02 PM

And it's also why a guy like Longpre is here at this tournament since he's done with his 4 years at Robert Morris. Hopefully we can invite more college guys to this tourney in future... could be a good opportunity to evaluate guys we're not sure if we should sign yet or not.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 05:09 PM

Labate made a successful debut for the U of Wisconsin Badgers, scoring a goal and an assist in a 3-2 OT loss to Northern Michigan.

Labate's goal was on the PP and tied the game with 1:17 left, sending it to OT.

In his second game, Labate picked up one assist as the Badgers returned the favour to the Wildcats, winning 3-2.

Great start to the year for Labate in the tough NCAA.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

Labate made a successful debut for the U of Wisconsin Badgers, scoring a goal and an assist in a 3-2 OT loss to Northern Michigan.

Labate's goal was on the PP and tied the game with 1:17 left, sending it to OT.

In his second game, Labate picked up one assist as the Badgers returned the favour to the Wildcats, winning 3-2.

Great start to the year for Labate in the tough NCAA.

Expecting big things from this big kid. I'd love to have a 6'4" 220lb (when he fills out) center on our team any day.

Looks like he's got offensive skills to boot. I'm hoping for a PPG season from LaBate this season.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:18 PM

Expecting big things from this big kid. I'd love to have a 6'4" 220lb (when he fills out) center on our team any day.

Looks like he's got offensive skills to boot. I'm hoping for a PPG season from LaBate this season.


He's playing on the wing atm in Wisconsin, with Derek Lee at center. Who knows if he is changing position or if the Badgers just want him there for now. As long as he puts up points it doesn't matter.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:30 PM

He's playing on the wing atm in Wisconsin, with Derek Lee at center. Who knows if he is changing position or if the Badgers just want him there for now. As long as he puts up points it doesn't matter.

It kind of matters. A 6'4" center is a lot more valuable than a 6'4" winger IMO. And we need a big centerman coming up our pipeline, because after Henrik and Daniel retire, we only have Cody and Jordan in our system that has a chance at making the team. LaBate's size is much needed down the middle.

Maybe LaBate's on the wing because the team is really deep at center and he got thrown on wing because of seniority. Hopefully he'll switch back to center sooner rather than later.
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:59 AM

• He has committed to the University of Wisconsin for the fall of 2011.

• In 2010-11, he had 27 goals and 49 points in 25 games for Holy Angels and was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award.

• His pre-game superstition is changing his stick tape color if he didn’t score in the previous game and his most memorable hockey moments have been wearing his high school jersey for the first time and signing with the University of Wisconsin.
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NHL team: San Jose Sharks
NHL player: Joe Thornton
Shootout move: “Fake shot, five hole”
Goal celebration: “Always spur of the moment”
Video game: NHL and Halo
Movie: Troy
TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Music artist: Wiz Khalifa
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Book: Lord of the Rings series
Home-cooked meal: Chicken, broccoli and potatoes
Activity away from the rink: Golf and tennis


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MADISON, Wis. --With the first game of the men's hockey season just over four weeks away, we begin to look at the newest members of the Badgers, by getting to know their likes, dislikes and personalities a little better.

We continue with forward Joseph LaBate: LaBate joins the Badgers straight out of Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn., where he earned team MVP honors both his junior and senior seasons, as well as All-Conference and All-State honors in 2011. A Minnesota Mr. Hocky Finalist, LaBate was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 101st overall to the Vancouver Canucks.

Favorite athlete: Mario Lemieux
Favorite NHL player: Joe Thornton
Favorite sports team: San Jose Sharks
Favorite school subject: Ceramics
Favorite food: Anything my mom cooks and chocolate malts made by my dad
Favorite movie: Slumdog Millionaire
Favorite superhero: Batman
Favorite musician: Wiz Khalifa
Favorite book: Into Thin Air
Favorite breakfast cereal: Fruity Pebbles
Last book read: Freakonomics
Favorite hockey memory: Signing with Wisconsin and getting drafted
TV show you never miss: Entourage
Age started playing hockey: 3
First job: Best Buy -- Sold mobile phones
Fantasy Job: NHL
Before each game: Change the tape color on my stick blade if I didn't score in the game before
Childhood hero: My dad
Most famous person you've met: Mario Lemieux (what I was 12 at a hockey tournament)
Dream car: Mercedes g500
Hobbies/ Interests: Fishing/ Hunting
Hidden Talent: I have a potter wheel and kiln-- I make my own pottery
If you could have dinner with any people in history: My Uncle Pete
Autobiography title: Mount Hockey: Climbing to the Top
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Internet
Coolest Halloween costume: Where's Waldo
For me, playing college hockey is: Proof that hard work and sacrifice pay off
Greatest inspiration: Playing in the NHL
Why did you come to Wisconsin? Great academics, great coaching, great hockey program, loyal fans, great facilities and close enough to my home so my family can come and watch
If you could have one super power, what would it be? To teleport
Favorite thing about your country: Freedom
Favorite event in the summer Olympics: Gymnastics
One wish, what would it be: To play in the NHL

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