Jankowski at the 2017 AHL All-Star Game
September 13, 1994|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
21st overall, 2012|
Mark Jankowski (born September 13, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jankowski was selected in the first round, 21st overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, by the Calgary Flames. He is the highest selected Canadian high school player in draft history, having played for Stanstead College for two seasons leading to the draft.
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. 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. He chose to play at Stanstead College, a prep school in Stanstead, Quebec. 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. 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.
During his two seasons in Stanstead, Jankowski quickly gained height, growing to 6'2" tall, while it was his play that caught the attention of scouts. 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. 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. Other analysts ranked him higher, including Craig Button of The Sports Network, who placed him 41st. The Calgary Flames selected him in the first round, 21st overall. He is the highest-ever draft pick out of a Canadian high school. 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. At draft time his stats were 6'2.5", 168 pounds.
Jankowski initially committed to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2012–13 before for Providence. 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).
Jankowski began his professional career on March 30, 2016, signing a two-year entry level contract with the Flames. The deal began during the 2016–17 NHL season; for the remainder of 2015–16, Jankowski played with the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat. These games did not count towards his contract, which will expire following the completion of the 2017–18 NHL season. Jankowski was called up by the Flames in November 2016, making his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on November 28, 2016. On November 9, 2017, Jankowski scored his first career NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings in a 6-3 win. On April 7, 2018, the last game of the Flames regular season, Jankowski recorded his first four goal game in a 7–1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
After a largely disappointing 2019–20 season, in which Jankowski was limited to a fourth-line role and contributed with just 5 goals and 7 points in 56 games, he was released by the Flames as a free agent after he was not tendered a qualifying offer to retain his rights on October 8, 2020.
With the following day being the opening of free agency, Jankowski was signed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jankowski is a native of Dundas, Ontario. 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. His granduncle was Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly and his father, Len, played college hockey with the Cornell Big Red. His uncle, Ryan, previously served as an assistant general manager with the New York Islanders. Jankowski's younger brother David signed an amateur tryout contract with the Calgary Flames.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Calgary Flames' first round draft pick