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Kevin Labanc could be an ideal offer sheet candidate for the Arizona Coyotes

NHL free agency begins on July 1st and there could be a number of players worth considering for the Arizona Coyotes, including one currently unsigned RFA.

The Arizona Coyotes need to bolster their offence ahead of the 2019/20 season and Kevin Labanc of the San Jose Sharks could be worth some offer sheet consideration.

The 23-year-old Brooklyn native has seen his production increase in each of his first three seasons in the NHL, posting an eight-goal, 20-point rookie campaign and achieving 17 goals and 56 points in 2018/19.

Labanc's 56 total points this past season is especially impressive considering he averaged just 14:01 while on the ice, solid third line minutes for the versatile winger.

With the Coyotes, Labanc's 17 goals would've ranked third behind Alex Galchenyuk and Brad Richardson while his points total would have led the team by nine.

The Sharks face quite a difficult summer with just under $15 million in cap room to negotiate new deals with a number of players, including Labanc, Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, Joe Thornton, Timo Meier and potentially even Gustav Nyquist.

With very little money to share between all of their free agents, a decent offer sheet may force the Sharks' hand if they are unable to agree a deal that fits their room.

Per CapFriendly's offer sheet calculator, the Arizona Coyotes could afford to offer Labanc a deal paying him $4 million over the next five seasons without having to give up too much in terms of compensation.

A contract offer with an AAV sitting between $2,113,717 and $4,227,437 would require compensation of just one second-round pick, which the Coyotes could afford to part ways with if it would land them a player of Labanc's quality and promise.

If Labanc was willing to sign an offer sheet with the Coyotes, forcing the Sharks to let him walk as a result, he would likely see his minutes increase - being given a role higher up the line-up, giving him more opportunities to contribute on offence.

He's still fairly young and could be a decent contributor during the years where the Arizona Coyotes could find themselves competing for a playoff spot more consistently than in previous seasons.

While offer sheets are very rare, it would certainly be worth some consideration for general manager John Chayka and could net the team a solid offensive prospect for a minimal cost.

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