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Flames prospect Jankowski is off to Providence College

Jul 30, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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What better day than Calgary Flames day on PHT for it to be reported that Flames prospect Mark Jankowski will play at Providence College in the fall?

Jankowski had originally intended to suit up for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League, but apparently had a change of heart.

The 17-year-old center was selected 21st overall in the 2012 draft out of Stanstead College, a high school in Quebec.

The pick left many scratching their heads, as Jankowski was ranked No. 43 among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

“The kid will never play in the NHL,” an unidentified agent wrote in an email to the Calgary Sun. “I saw him play several times. He’s scared of his shadow.”

Obviously the Flames felt otherwise.

Said assistant general manager John Weisbrod of Jankowski: “He’s a long way away, he’s raw, he’s young, he’s still got to cross the crocodile-infested waters and develop properly — like, it’s a long way from draft day to play in the NHL — but the physical attributes this guy has. The athleticism. The skating. The hands. The fact that he’ll likely be playing at six-four, 215. I’ve said it to our scouts all week long — he’s Joe Nieuwendyk.”

  1. lsxphotog - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Still the most puzzling draft pick I’ve seen in years. I don’t believe anyone would have anticipated the pick. You can look at anyone playing in high school hockey and there are players who are clearly dominant…few of those even play juniors or college. haha Calgary sees a high school player play a dominant game in a high school league and predict he’s an NHL player? Hmmm….we will find out I guess. But my money is on him never making it to the NHL or not doing anything if he does. Then again, I’ve only seen a handful of highlights with the kid and they weren’t that impressive.

  2. t16rich - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I think this kid needs to play against CHL toughness or his playing style will be in for a rude awakening at the pro level. Tons of skill but what serious competition has he faced?

    • homelanddefense - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      A year or two playing Hockey East will be a nice jump in competition for him.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      good point, no one good comes out of college hockey right?

      • t16rich - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Not my point. I just think for a “super star” type skill set, that playing against Canadian juniors would be better exposure to the grit and nastiness he will face in pro hockey as opposed to the American route. Not a knock on American hockey or the NCAA route, I am a big fan and impressed every year. I was just stating how I think CHL would be better exposure to all aspects of hockey for a player like this. Obviously I might be totally wrong but was just stating my opinion. And I do think him going to Providence is a great step up in competition that he needs. Wasn’t trying to knock the College route though.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Reach

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