Thanks for the updates Hansen 36. What's your general impression of Labate at this point?
It hasn't changed much since last year, despite his sophomore 'slump'. He's a big center with speed and size who can play the wing. He's surprisingly shifty for a big guy, sort of like Erik Cole but he doesn't use his speed/size to bring the physicality though. He could definitely be more physical but that can be taught, his skills can't. He has a good shot too.
The game was really boring and probably some of the worst college hockey I've seen so far. Wisconsin is definitely missing Schultz. I'm remaining solid in my projection that, after a full four years in Wisconsin, and then another in the AHL, LaBate will end up being a Chris Higgins type player. Third liner who is effective at all ends of the ice and can play second line when needed.
If everything goes absolutely right for him his total top end peak would be a poor-man's Blake Wheeler.
Edited by Hansen 36, 26 February 2013 - 12:43 AM.