I'd personally give Labrecque one more year in the Q unless he starts to show something special late in the season or over the summer. His numbers this year are good but not great. He's actually got 4 less points than he had all of last season in the same amount of games, while he has picked up his goal scoring.
I've watched a lot of Labrecque this year and he's really good. Yeah, he might not have put up the same numbers as he did last year, but that Shawinigan team he plays for isn't one of the better teams either. He's also the third line center and is an excellent two-way player. He's decent on faceoffs, he's an excellent skater, and the guy just doesn't know the word quit. His only issue is that he's rather slight and could use an extra 10 to 15 pounds. Being in Adirondack might just be the best thing for him because they can definitely address the weight issue and he'll get some decent ice time.
I'm not sure anyone is angry with the signing at all. It's a complete freebie.
The discussion and disagreement seems to me to be whether this is player has NHL potential or not.
It'll be up to Luke to determine that. We'll see how he plays down the stretch and in the playoffs. If Barrie makes a long run and he's a key, that could help his confidence.
Our scouts have done a decent job of finding guys out of nowhere as college UFAs or obscure draft picks, like Powe, Jones, Kalinski, Maroon. I think we need to trust that if the scouts thought he was worth signing, they might be right. It's a gamble, but, as you say, a freebie.
If he never plays an NHL game, nothing lost. If he turns his real skill and touch into an NHL career, bonus.
Luke was selected by Guelph 4th overall played on the same AAA team as Josh Bailey 19th overall to Owen Sound and 9th overall (New York Islanders) a ton of talent, smooth with the puck, overage this year and came 3rd in points behind Seguin and Hall, not a physical player at all, could get in the AHL