Mark Jankowski Goes to College

Arik
July 31 2012 09:23AM

 

 

In a move that's only surprising in how long it took, Flames first round pick Mark Jankowski has announced he'll be attending Providence College right away instead of joining the Dubuque Fighting Saints for a year.

From Vicki Hall's article in the Calgary Herald

“I think this is the right way for me to go,” Jankowski said Monday afternoon from his off-season home in Hamilton, Ont. “I believe I’m ready for the jump"

While it seems like this was mostly Jankowski's choice, it's hard to imagine the Flames are particularly upset by it. Any first round choice should be good enough to be playing competition harder than that of the USHL. When given how good he looked at development camp against older players with more experience, the NCAA level seems much more appropriate. He'll also probably the most skilled player on the Friars, which means prime ice time and power play experience.

The Providence Friars might be a far cry from Johnny Gaudreau's and Bill Arnold's Boston College Eagles, but that's not to say he's still basically playing in the USHL. Despite a low quality of teammates (only two players on the Friars last year have been drafted) he'll be playing against top competition in one of the best NCAA hockey conferences- Hockey East. This means games against Boston College, Boston University, UNH, Northeastern, and the University of Vermont— among others.

In addition to giving Jankowski a better setting for development, this move will give the organization and the fans a better context in which to judge him- especially with two other prospects in the exact same conference. 

Only time will tell with Mark Jankowski, but this move to the NCAA instead of the USHL gives hope that he might not have been as much of a reach as most fans initially assumed. 

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Arik works in Search and Rescue in the United States Coast Guard and is a former managing editor of the SBN Flames blog, Matchsticks and Gasoline.
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#51 BurningSensation
August 01 2012, 04:56PM
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the-wolf wrote:

@ BurningSensation

"When evaluating the Jankowski selection it should be viewed for the transaction itself (Janko+Sielof for Girgensons)', and not include 'to replace pick lost for Kotalik'"

This makes a lot of sense on one hand, but not so much on the other. This was a trade of picks, not players. Who knows who Buffalo would've taken in the 2nd round and which player Calgary might have possibly lost out on by trading down?

In other words, Calgary didn't necessarily pass on Girgensons (though because that's who Buffalo took there it will bear watching), but rather the 7 players (Girgensons being one of them) taken from the 14th to 20th spots.

If Teravainen turns into a superstar, for example, Calgary will be criticized for not taking Teravainen, not for not taking Giregensons.

Not saying that's what will happen, just the way the trade should be viewed.

Actually you ate missing the point I was trying to make, not that it is Janko+2nd vs Janko+Sielof, but rather the whole 'Feaster only made the trade to get a 2nd rnd pick to make up for the trading away of a 2nd in the Kotalik deal'.

Feaster gained a 2nd rnd pick (Sielof) in the Janko swap of picks. Downgrading that acquisition by sneering about the Kotalik deal is what I object to.

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#52 Baalzamon
August 01 2012, 06:40PM
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does anyone think it's possible Jankowski has an outside shot at the world junior squad? I know Canada's generally pretty deep at center, but that should probably be a short-term goal for Mark anyway.

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#53 RexLibris
August 01 2012, 10:45PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

does anyone think it's possible Jankowski has an outside shot at the world junior squad? I know Canada's generally pretty deep at center, but that should probably be a short-term goal for Mark anyway.

It probably is a goal of his, but to be honest I'd be absolutely shocked if he made it. He's young, inexperienced, and lanky. When you consider that the U-20 team (Prendergast again, ugh) tends to lean towards larger players closer to 19 for those positions, and has a general predisposition to select from the CHL, I think its a long shot.

He ought to get an invite, and if he does I suspect the fine folks at FN will try to bribe someone to get some eyes on him at the camp and file a report.

However, when you look at previous players that were left off, Seguin and Nugent-Hopkins to name two, I wouldn't count on his making it. If he does, all the more power to him, and it would certainly be a make-or-break moment for many analysts.

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#54 RexLibris
August 01 2012, 10:47PM
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I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned it sooner, but is it just me or does he look like he is flashing gang signs in that photo? (yeah, I know, he's taping up a stick).

Maybe Jankowski needs a nickname to give him some FlamesNation street cred? I hear "Snoop Dogg" has been recently made available?

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#55 the-wolf
August 02 2012, 06:27AM
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@BurningSensation - ok, gotcha:)

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