Mark Jankowski

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Mark Jankowski
Born (1994-09-13) September 13, 1994 (age 19)
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Calgary Flames
Providence Friars (HE)
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2012
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2012–present

Mark Jankowski (born September 13, 1994) is a Canadian college ice hockey centre who currently is a sophomore playing for the Providence Friars of Hockey East. He is a prospect of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Calgary Flames, selected in the first round, 21st overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is the highest selected Canadian high school player in draft history, having played for Stanstead College for two seasons leading to the draft.

Career[edit]

Jankowski was a top scorer at the midget AAA level, where he played for the St. Catharines Minor Midget AAA Falcons of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's South-Central Triple A Hockey League.[1] However, he went unselected in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) midget draft as teams were concerned that at five feet, eight inches tall, he was too small to play the top level of junior hockey.[2] He chose to play at Stanstead College, a prep school based in Stanstead, Quebec.[3] He played two seasons for Stanstead, scoring 31 goals and 73 points in the 2010–11 high school team's season and 53 goals and 93 points in 57 games in 2011–12.[4] During his second season at Stanstead, Jankowski committed to play college hockey for the Providence Friars. Boston University, Cornell, Harvard, Maine, and Penn State were also interested in his services, but he decided to follow Friars coach Nate Leaman, who had previously shown interest in Jankowski while coaching Union College, to Providence.[5]

During his two seasons in Stanstead, Jankowski quickly gained height, growing to six feet, three inches tall while his play caught the attention of scouts.[2] He was eventually selected in the 2012 OHL draft, taken as the 11th pick in the 7th round by the Saginaw Spirit though he declined to join the team.[6] The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Central Scouting Bureau ranked Jankowski as the 43rd best prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in its final ranking, an improvement from his 74th place rank in previous reports.[7] Other analysts ranked him higher, including Craig Button of The Sports Network, who placed him 41st.[8] The Calgary Flames selected him in the first round, 21st overall. He is the highest-ever draft pick out of a Canadian high school.[9] The Flames received some criticism for going "off the board" and selecting Jankowski well above his expected draft place, but assistant general manager John Weisbrod stated that while Jankowski's talent was "raw", other teams were certain to select him in the first round if the Flames did not. General manager Jay Feaster argued that Jankowski was one of the most talented players available in the draft.[7]

Jankowski initially committed to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2012–13 before for Providence.[4] However, he decided to bypass the junior league and move directly to college following the Flames' 2012 rookie development camp, stating he believed he was ready despite the fact that he will be one of the youngest players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[10]

Personal life[edit]

Jankowski is a native of Dundas, Ontario.[1] His grandfather, Lou, was a longtime professional player who appeared in 127 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks in the 1950s.[11] His granduncle was Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly and his father Len played college hockey with the Cornell Big Red.[3] His uncle Ryan is currently a scout for the Montréal Canadiens and was previously an assistant general manager with the New York Islanders.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Stanstead College Prep 13 5 4 9 10 2 2 1 3 2
2010–11 Stanstead College Que-HS 65 31 42 73 22
2011–12 Stanstead College Prep 13 19 11 30 12 3 3 4 7 0
2011–12 Stanstead College Que-HS 57 53 40 93 34
2012–13 Providence College HE 34 7 11 18 10
2013–14 Providence College HE 39 13 12 25 14
NCAA totals 73 20 23 43 24

References[edit]

  • Stanstead College statistics: Sportak, Randy (2012-06-23). "Mee the new, young guy". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 
  1. ^ a b Basu, Arpon (2012-06-20). "Stanstead's Jankowski grew into draft-ready player". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b Hickey, Pat (2012-04-18). "NHL prospect Mark Jankowski's stock rises". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Flames go off the board with Mark Jankowski pick". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b Sportak, Randy (2012-06-23). "Meet the new, young guy". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 
  5. ^ "US Hockey Report :: Amateur Hockey News December 2011". 
  6. ^ "2012 OHL Priority Selection". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ a b Cruickshank, Scott (2012-06-23). "Flames go off the board to select lanky Quebec high schooler". Calgary Herald. p. E1. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ Button, Craig (2012-06-11). "Craig's List". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  9. ^ Basu, Arpon (2012-06-23). "Missing graduation no problem for Jankowski". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  10. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2012-07-31). "Stoking the Friars". Calgary Sun. p. S2. 
  11. ^ "Lou Jankowski player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  12. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Ryan Jankowski". 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sven Bärtschi
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Sean Monahan