2009-10: Hubert Labrie impressed at Traverse City and has impressed in Gatineau – especially in the playoffs. The knock against Labrie is that he’s small, even by QMJHL standards – if he continues to get stronger he’ll become a player who can make the big show way down the line.
2010-11: Labrie missed nearly the entire season with a knee injury. He returned for the final nine games of the regular season – notching seven points (pretty outstanding considering his career 0.22 points per game average coming into the year). Labrie broke his hand in the first game of the playoffs but didn’t miss a game. He helped Gatineau all the way to the championship series against Saint John, leading the playoffs with a plus-17 rating – which was coupled with an impressive 12 points in 24 games.
2011-12: Labrie split his first pro season between Dallas affiliates Texas (AHL) and Idaho (ECHL). He opened the season in the ECHL before joining the Texas Stars in mid-November and returned to the Steelheads at the end of they year for their playoff run. Labrie saw limited ice time with the Stars, skating in 33 games, and was minus-16 with 2 goals and 1 assist. He played eight regular season games with Idaho before being called up to Texas and scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-two. Labrie re-joined the Steelheads for the decisive fifth game of their first round series with Ontario and in six playoff games he was plus-one with no points and 4 penalty minutes.
Unlike many QMJHL defensemen that are all the smallish size, Labrie is actually a defensive-minded defenseman. He is a tenacious player that does not back down from any challenge and will often initiate contact. He will go to war at any point on the ice and has a high level of determination. He has the smarts to succeed at any level but he needs to continue to get stronger if he wants a legitimate shot. Has a good skating stride. Sometimes is guilty of trying to do “too much” on the ice. Utilizes his wrist shot to get long shots on net from the point. Will use his body to block shots and passing lanes. Potentially, future captain material.
Potential: Third pairing defensive defenseman, like Stephane Robidas.
Will return to Texas (AHL) in 2012-13.