Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #15 Mark Jankowski

Kent Wilson
May 08 2013 11:56AM

This ranking probably comes as a surprise to many fans given Jankowski's profile in the Flames organization after being picked 21st overall in the 2012 draft. Like most first rounders immediately after they are chosen, Janko is considered in many circles to be a top prospect for the Flames, but the truth is his draft+1 year was rather underwhelming; to the degree that it's clear Jankowski is long ways off from contributing at the NHL level, assuming he makes it at all.

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With just 7 goals and 18 points in 34 games as a freshman for Providence College, Jankowski finished the year with an NHL equivalence of just 18, which is way outside the domain of most future impact players even in their draft years, nevermind their draft+1 seasons.

When I looked at the young man's comparables in November, the threshold for most future NHLers who went the tier 2 hockey/college route college seemed to be about 0.7 points-per-game in the year after they were drafted. 

Janko settled in at 0.53 this season.

Only two guys from the group I examined in the comparables article managed less than a 0.68 PPG pace and became NHLers down the line: Tanner Glass and David Jones. Meaning the precedents for Jankowski aren't really there given his output. If he does indeed develop into a pro scorer down the road, he'll be an extreme outlier in just about every way imaginable. 

That said, there are reasons to like the player and give him the benefit of the doubt for now. There's no denying he has a decent package of skills with smooth skating, a long reach and soft hands. He is also very young, one of the youngest of his draft class, and skipped a step by going directly into college hockey as a 17/18 year old. In addition, Providence was one of the lowest scoring teams in Hockey East this year (the leam leader scored 24 points in 38 games), which makes it tough for a freshman to run up the numbers.

Conclusion

Jankowski was considered a project pick with high bust potential when the Flames chose him last year and that's what he remains today. He played in tough circumstances for such a young guy in college this year and survived, but his output doesn't suggest he's going to jump the queue either. Jankowski's results are going to have to take a very real step forward next season for him to be considered a legitimate offensive prospect in the organization and even then we're probably looking at a full 4-year development period in college before he ever challenges a pro roster.

The ranking is a reflection of his just okay numbers and high bust risk, but also his potential for eventually becoming something of worth. You can count on one finger the number of other forwards in the Flames top-15 ranking who have similarly marginal offensive output as prospects (NHLE's below 20) and that guy is much closer to making the show (try to guess who it is!).

I suspect Janko will go one of two ways in this ranking next season: either he'll make a big jump forward or will be bumped off completely.

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#51 BurningSensation
May 08 2013, 04:37PM
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I still think we are WAY too early to judge the Jankowski pick after one year (not that it will stop us from doing so).

I'm on record as having liked the move down to get Jankowski+Sielof, as it made more sense to swing for the fences AND get a 2nd rnder than to take an undersized guy like Tervainen, a stay at home Dman like Maata, or a 3rd liner with size like Girgensons.

I do think that Janko burned his freebie development year, and am hoping like mad he hits the gym and protein shakes this offseason.

Just an aside but I was googling mock drafts at Hockey's future and the one I found for last year had Jankowski in the top 20.

Also worth noting hat Hockey's Future has him as our 3rd best fwd prospect 7.5 D), behind Sven and Johnny Hockey (both 8.0 C).

He's a project, and we knew that. Patience! Now dammit!

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#52 Ryan Pike
May 08 2013, 04:38PM
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@Kent Wilson

A bit unfair, as Pelech was (at best) a Warrener prototype and then had a succession of injuries that de-railed his pro career.

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#54 thymebalm
May 08 2013, 04:55PM
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I've noticed that people have a real urge to defend Jankowski. It's very similar to the defences of Irving previously.

"Jankowski is a long-term project vs. Goalies take longer to develop", the 1st rounder argument, the "he plays on a bad teaam" argument. Stars find a way to shine. That's what I say.

At some point, the stats have to be there. You know, every year they give an award to the guy with the most points and the goalie with the best counting stats, and nobody seems to complain that they aren't at least ONE OF the best best goalies/players. So obviously counting stats mean something. They aren't great. They don't factor in as much of the game as corsi does, but they are the outcome of the chance*skill equation being rung-through game in and game out.

I think Jankowski has a chance to be awesome for the reasons listed above, he's young (only a couple of weeks older than some '13 eligible draft picks), he DID have incredible numbers in his dumpy league, and he does possess a frame with NHL potential, and he will really get the opportunity to shine this coming season.

I'm pessimistic about Jankowski because it seems ridiculous to draft off the board with a first round pick. You could have picked up a solid CHLer with a big body from Canada, and play it safe, but NO- Weisbrod swung for the fences with this 1st and his name and job will likely be attached to how Jankowski's career settles.

And if he's a project, what's the harm at ranking him #15? He's likely not doing to make it to the pros until a full college career and then what, its 2016 and likely everyone else on the list has graduated by that time anyway. 15 seems fair, it seems almost generous considering the low ceiling of college players.

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#55 T&A4Flames
May 08 2013, 04:56PM
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I give Janko a freebie this year as he was one of the youngest in his class. Also, he jumped from a high school league to NCAA's toughest div. Being that he was literaly weeks away from this year being his draft year, I'm willing to count the upcoming year as his draft +1.

He sure as hell better be bulking up.

Too bad he couldn't be at a school with more of an offensive group; maybe play with JohnnyG. Then again, he may not get the offensive opportunities at another school either.

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#56 bookofloob
May 08 2013, 05:03PM
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BAFFLED

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#57 Ryan Pike
May 08 2013, 05:12PM
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Incidentally, the last three drafts - with the scuttlebutt that Tod Button was left to his own devices in 2010 and 2011 and given specific protocols from Weisbrod in 2012 - have been very productive for the Flames thus far.

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#58 the-wolf
May 08 2013, 05:29PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Incidentally, the last three drafts - with the scuttlebutt that Tod Button was left to his own devices in 2010 and 2011 and given specific protocols from Weisbrod in 2012 - have been very productive for the Flames thus far.

Not trying to be smart ehre, but in what way do you mean?

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#59 SmellOfVictory
May 08 2013, 05:36PM
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the-wolf wrote:

Not trying to be smart ehre, but in what way do you mean?

I think the implication is that Todd Button was never the problem with Calgary's drafting, and it was the GMs of Christmas past who ruined the drafting record from the late 90s onward.

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#60 please cancel acct
May 08 2013, 05:40PM
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I agree with the ranking,but still think it was a good pick.He's a gangly kid with skill,and hopefully obtains some size and strength this summer and improves his status

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#61 the-wolf
May 08 2013, 05:41PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

I think the implication is that Todd Button was never the problem with Calgary's drafting, and it was the GMs of Christmas past who ruined the drafting record from the late 90s onward.

Sorry, I meant in terms of productivity.

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#62 SmellOfVictory
May 08 2013, 05:45PM
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the-wolf wrote:

I find it amusing how when it's a Flames player, say Baertschi, he's skilled.

When it's not a Flames guy, like TT, he's "undersized."

Also, Maata could probably play for the Flames next season and the number of D prospects Calgary has is about zero, so it's one thing to defend Janko, but quite silly to bash everyone else Calgary could have had simply because Calgary didn't take them.

That would imply the team knows more than everyone else, something only Feaster and Weisbrod believe.

TT is undersized. The difference between he and Baertschi is a full 25 lbs. Similar in height, very different builds and fitness/strength levels (at this stage, anyway).

That said, Janko over TT was certainly a risk, as TT is a safer bet to be an NHLer, and projects as a top 6 forward (on the wing, however). Still, it's the difference between a kid in TT who might end up as a decent first line winger, and a kid in Janko who might - if his raw tools end up being refined to the extent required - end up as a high end first line centre. Greater risk, greater reward; TT is no slam dunk either, however.

Maatta would've been the safest of the three, but I never saw any reports or rankings that projected him as having a ceiling above a decent 2nd pairing dman. Lowest reward by a substantial margin.

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#63 the-wolf
May 08 2013, 05:58PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

TT is undersized. The difference between he and Baertschi is a full 25 lbs. Similar in height, very different builds and fitness/strength levels (at this stage, anyway).

That said, Janko over TT was certainly a risk, as TT is a safer bet to be an NHLer, and projects as a top 6 forward (on the wing, however). Still, it's the difference between a kid in TT who might end up as a decent first line winger, and a kid in Janko who might - if his raw tools end up being refined to the extent required - end up as a high end first line centre. Greater risk, greater reward; TT is no slam dunk either, however.

Maatta would've been the safest of the three, but I never saw any reports or rankings that projected him as having a ceiling above a decent 2nd pairing dman. Lowest reward by a substantial margin.

Oh, I agree he's undersized. It's just seems like a "because Calgary took Janko, therefore it was the right pick" kind of logic.

Of course, to be fair, Janko is also undersized (though he obviously has the height).

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#64 BurningSensation
May 08 2013, 06:02PM
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On an unrelated note, Corey Pronman's top 5 at Hockey Prospectus is up;

1. Jonathon Drouin

2. Nathan MacKinnon

3. Seth Jones

4. Valeri Nichushkin

5. Sasha Barkov (by a hair) over Elias Lindholm.

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#65 Baalzamon
May 08 2013, 06:02PM
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@thymebalm

"...considering the low ceiling of college players."

Yeah, that Jonathan Toews hack never amounted to anything.

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#66 BurningSensation
May 08 2013, 06:41PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

It may please you to know that Jankowski mentioned to the Sun that he intends on staying in Providence for a couple of months of the summer specifically for strength training.

Sweet! Give that kid a sandwich!

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#67 Justin Azevedo
May 08 2013, 07:25PM
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wow... I'm surprised there are so many here who don't agree with the ranking.

when I ranked my list, I based it on a mix of ceiling, current skill and ability to play at the nhl level.

janko's ceiling is the highest on the list, but he's not even close to where he needs to be to make that development curve the one he's tracking on.

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#68 Sincity1976
May 08 2013, 08:18PM
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@Justin Azevedo

Popular media such as THN and HF have Jankowski ranked as one of our top prospects. Jankowski was projected to be an early second or a late first and he hasn't done anything to show that was wrong. Most hindsight drafts have him in the first round.

So, right or wrong, you guys went out on a bit of a limb in your rankings. So I am not surprised many of us don't agree with you.

It looks to me like you want to quantify his development. But NHLE doesn't mean anything to a player 4 or 5 years from being an NHL regular. And other data doesn't exist to quantify.

When you look at the ceiling of most of the Flames prospects they project to be the type of players you can always pick up in free agency. We have a small handful of players with a high ceiling. Jankowski is the only big C in that list.

I agree with pretty much everything Kent said in his article, with the exception I don't think NHLE is relevant and I don't think we could have expected anything more from Jankowski this season. And I don't agree with the 15 placement.

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#69 RexLibris
May 08 2013, 09:29PM
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NHLE's are very relevant to this conversation and Jankowski's progress should be concerning to the team, and the fans.

In the past I have argued that it would best serve Jankowski if he could go and play somewhere far away from the prying eyes of Flames fans. Mercury might be nice, though a little hot this time of year.

If, and this is a very significant if, he turns out as an NHL player he will need to be treated like a long-term GIC, just leave it alone for a long time. Check in once and awhile, but basically just don't mess with it.

All that aside, and I'm hesitant to pick on this young man given the long road ahead of him, his development is well off pace and if history is any guide, which it usually is hence the existence of NHLEs to begin with, then Jankowski looks more like a depth player than the franchise one that Feaster and Weisbrod believed he might become.

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#70 RexLibris
May 08 2013, 09:42PM
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@Sincity1976

THN and HF are relatively poor sites for balanced prospect evaluation. HF tends to misjudge by a noticeable margin relative to other sites and with all due respect to THN and some of their better writers, it has fallen a long way.

Absolutely agree with you on your second point. With the exception perhaps of Brodie, as he is tracking right now, and putting Baertschi aside because it is still early in his development, I think the Flames have a deep collection of replacement players, with one or two exceptions.

Expecting a number of franchise talents to emerge from this group is likely going to frustrate fans.

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#71 SmellOfVictory
May 08 2013, 09:48PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

wow... I'm surprised there are so many here who don't agree with the ranking.

when I ranked my list, I based it on a mix of ceiling, current skill and ability to play at the nhl level.

janko's ceiling is the highest on the list, but he's not even close to where he needs to be to make that development curve the one he's tracking on.

My disagreement is based on the fact that I expected precisely this from him. He went from a league with an ungodly low level of competition - so low that nobody even knows how to quantify - to a league that's not far removed from the AHL in terms of difficulty. He's physically underdeveloped as well, due to his late (and massive) growth spurt. When he was drafted, Janks was so raw he could make sushi jealous. I was expecting a ton of a growing pains and a sharp, sharp learning curve.

But the fundamental tools are allegedly there. And he seems dedicated to improving himself.

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#72 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
May 09 2013, 12:17AM
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You wanna know something funny? If the Flames end up drafting Monahan, Mantha, or Hartman, Djanko unchained will only be a month or less older than them. Mantha, I believe, was born Sept. 16!

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#73 piscera.infada
May 09 2013, 08:44AM
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@If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin

I'm so happy someone came up with Djanko Unchained as a nickname. You have no idea.

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#74 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 12:06PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I'd argue Tervainen isn't a 'home run' pick, he translates into a 2nd line center at best, and he currently has issues defensively that come in part with being undersized. In short, I think he's Sam Gagner.

Maata could probably play for the Flames next season, but he also doesn't project as anything special as a player, a mid pair defensive defender at best I'd think, with no PP duties unless the club is serously undermanned. At his absolute best he's Hjalmmarsson, which is nice, but not anything elite.

As for what Weisbrod and Feaster believe, I'm curious how you know what they believe? Strikes me as the kind of value judgement one makes when the person you are criticizing has done something you didn't think of yourself - meaning, they must think they are smarter than you- hence they must think they are smarter than everyone else as well.

Sven has defensive issues too. What's your point?

Agree that TT isn't a home run, but he was the consensus choice above Janko and has a far shorter development projection.

Name how many other big top 4 young D-men the Flames have.

My point is that it's laughable to defend everything the Flames brass does solely because the Flames brass did it. Looking for every apology while simultaneously knocking other team's prospects on the sole basis that they're other team's prospects.

On one hand, people see fit to condemn a guy like Girgensons to a 3rd line ceiling max potential. But when valid stats are brought up regarding Janko it's all excuses.

Hey, I've noted several times, including on this article that I hope he makes it and I'm willing to 'waive a year' of progess on him too. But have some objectivity.

Seriously, if the Flames had drafted TT instead you'd be going on about how awesome he is and have mercy on anyone who might mention Janko as an alternative.

As for Weisbrod and Feaster:

1) Because they tell us all the time. "Best player outside the NHL, best goalie outside the NHL, best 2 goalies outside the NHL, best player from this draft in 10 years, etc."

2) You tell us the same on here all the time:)

As for your last sentence - does that apply to yourself when you bash Darryl? Or just when I bash your man-crush on Feaster? I'm going off of consensus scouting reports and stats, the only thing available to any of us here. What are you going off of other than homerism and hypocrisy?

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#75 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 12:15PM
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If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin wrote:

I bet that Janko doubles his numbers next year, as he will get to move back to center. He stated as much in his interview, but said he appreciated the oppurtunity to play winger, as the simple north-south game gave him an opportunity to become more versatile.

So, to beat the drum once again, the kid played out of his natural position; made the jump to a slightly tougher league than the CHL despite turning 18 last September; tied for 4th in team scoring despite missing games and as a rookie; played on a very offensively challenged team; and gave up a lot of weight to his peers.

Yeah, he truly sucks. Trade this kid for a bag of pucks right now, cuz his NHLE sucks.

I find this whole thread a little amusing in the sense that I think pretty much everyone is saying the same thing, but just coming at it from different angles. True, some are more worried than otehrs, but if these conversations were held verbally, the consensus in opinions would probably be more apparent.

To summarize: Janko has a lot of potential. Janko has a really long ways to go.

But I don't think anyone is advocating ditching him.

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#76 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 12:33PM
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One thing I've been pondering lately as well is a lot of the comments about "going for the home run or bust vs a 3rd liner" type comments.

On the whole, I tend to agree. If it's a consensus among team scouts that player X will play, but never beyond the 3rd line or 3rd pairing, than I agree, to take player X in the 1st round is a waste of a 1st round pick.

On the other hand, there's degrees to everything. Would you rather have a great 2nd line player or a guy who never plays at all? The answer is obvious.

My point, to use the baseball analogy, is that you aren't going to swing for the fences on every pitch. Every good pitch, sure, but when you see the ball is high and wide you let it go.

Look at past draft choices like Jason Bonsignore, Steve Kelly, Rico Fata and Daniel Tkatzchuk. All off these players were not just 1st round consensus picks, but first half of the 1st round consensus picks. Janko was a consensus 2nd round pick.

Now that's not to knock Janko and yes,the scouts and the so-called 'consensus' can be wrong as well.

I also think that even if Calgary had just hit a home run once every 5 years over the past 15 years, that would have been 3 more superstars added to the roster.

I'm just saying that there's a line there between "the consensus is wrong and we really believe in this other guy so we're going off the board" and wasting a pick on a pipe dream over a close to sure bet to at least play because the management team can't see past its own ego.

The most dangerous thing in scouting is to judge a player based on 1 or 2 viewings that can cause you to either become enamored with or hate the player you're seeing.

A bit of a ramble, forgive me. And again, not directed at the Janko pick per se, though it's the impetus of this whole discussion, but more at comments I've seen in general.

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#77 Sincity1976
May 09 2013, 01:38PM
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the-wolf wrote:

I find this whole thread a little amusing in the sense that I think pretty much everyone is saying the same thing, but just coming at it from different angles. True, some are more worried than otehrs, but if these conversations were held verbally, the consensus in opinions would probably be more apparent.

To summarize: Janko has a lot of potential. Janko has a really long ways to go.

But I don't think anyone is advocating ditching him.

Agreed. Jankowski has exactly the type of season most expected him to have. Which means if you liked the pick last summer you probably like it now. The opposite is also true.

His is still a project with a high ceiling and high bust potential.

Due to his ceiling, size, and position I have him in my top 5 of Flames prospects. I don't see any reason to have players like Bouma ranked ahead of him given their limited ceiling. But that might just be my priorities.

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#78 Jeff Lebowski
May 09 2013, 02:00PM
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@the-wolf

What strikes me in this entire debate of prospects is, it's not really about quantifying where the prospects are. It's mostly to repudiate the Feaster/Wisebrod regime.

There is this rigorous analysis that have a caveat of many factors that could impact. Essentially we don't have all the data but we'll confirm our previously held bias (rooted not in the player-but in the team that selected him) based on this loosely relevant metric given this specific players length of development time (We all knew he was a long term project - but his short term development sucks so let's all agree he's most likely a bust and another reason to pillor Feaster.)

The smartest guy in the room argument is being assessed by people who think they're smarter than Feaster- perhaps it's based on consensus which have already been proven to have many instances of being wrong. The consensus is right with TT but wrong with Fata etc? What is this?

I mean what are people upset about? Janko is project and he could be good, or I hate Feaster?

Just come out and say it rather than dump on his picks who by any reasonable assessment should be given time.

I'm speaking in the general and not specifically you with the come out and say it part.

I could be very wrong about NHLE (i'm not versed in it) however it seems with Janko and his longer term development (and his unique predicament-age, team, late physical development) the rankings are used to justify the end not of him but of Feaster. That's what I see anyway.

The Feaster sucks debate is an entirely different debate than let's rank the prospects. Why not have both in seperate arenas rather than conflagrate them in one.

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#79 Baalzamon
May 09 2013, 02:17PM
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@the-wolf

What gets me the most about all this, is the Flames are the only team that gets raked over the coals for "passing on" Teravainen--ignoring the fact that he went 18th and the Flames ended up picking 21st.

You say that Teravainen was, by consensus, better than Jankowski. He was. He was also, by consensus, a top 10 pick. He was considered better--almost universally--than Derrick Pouliot, Hampus Lindholm, Zemgus Girgensons, and often Griffin Reinhart and Mat Dumba. But no one denigrates all those teams for their picks--they just use the Flames as a target for their ridicule, ignoring the fact (again) that the Flames' pick was 21st (in a bad draft), and all those other teams were in the top 10.

Granted, Feaster and company did paint a huge bull's eye on their collective heads with all their post-draft blustering.

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#80 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 06:02PM
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@Jeff Lebowski

I agree with what you're saying.

My original Feaster remark was, admittedly, an off the cuff remark at him, but the point I was making seems to be essentially the exact same you're making, just perhaps in reverse. So maybe I'm the hypocrite then.

But I wasn't really trying to 'attack' Feaster there (just some sarcasm), rather address the issue of home bias.

TT, Girgensons and others are just examples. It will be a few years before anyone can really say anything, but one can't justifiably point out every negative on other team's players while simply dismssing their own player's as "well, we all knew he was a project."

Certainly, after the fact, it's easy to go down the list and say "they didn't take that guy so they are smart," or "they missed that guy so they're dumb."

As for the Fata thing, I don't quite follow your point, but I can ramble so I understand if I wasn't clear. That was a different conversation altogether. I was trying to demonstrate the pros/cons of always going for the 'home run' and what exactly it is people even mean by that.

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#81 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 06:09PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

What gets me the most about all this, is the Flames are the only team that gets raked over the coals for "passing on" Teravainen--ignoring the fact that he went 18th and the Flames ended up picking 21st.

You say that Teravainen was, by consensus, better than Jankowski. He was. He was also, by consensus, a top 10 pick. He was considered better--almost universally--than Derrick Pouliot, Hampus Lindholm, Zemgus Girgensons, and often Griffin Reinhart and Mat Dumba. But no one denigrates all those teams for their picks--they just use the Flames as a target for their ridicule, ignoring the fact (again) that the Flames' pick was 21st (in a bad draft), and all those other teams were in the top 10.

Granted, Feaster and company did paint a huge bull's eye on their collective heads with all their post-draft blustering.

I get what you're saying, but remember I've never bashed Janko. My criticism has always been that IMO, taking a 5 year project when you're at where the Flames are at, over a more sure thing was wrong.

Now, remember, we're not talking about passing over players who are consensus 3rd liners vs a boom or bust guy (though that's why I brought up the discussion of the merits and faults of such a strategy and its definition). We're talking guys with very good potential who were passed over.

Again, TT is just a convenient example to pull off the top of my head without listing every possible player Calgary could have had.

Those other teams aren't attacked because this is "Flames Nation," not "every other team's nation."

Also, other teams may have passed over TT (for example), but still picked a player who generally slotted in that area. Only Calgary 'went off the board,' so to speak.

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#82 the-wolf
May 09 2013, 06:18PM
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@Jeff Lebowski

One last point - the smartest guy thing, at least for me, speaks to Feaster's mental moronics whenever a microphone is placed in front of him. I hate his arrogance and bluster and the statemens he makes regarding his moves. Which, to me, makes him fair game for those types of comments - because he portrays himself that way.

It's not about anyone here being smarter than Feaster either, it's about wanting to have the ebst hockey person available to run the club and Feaster, IMO, isn't it.

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#83 please cancel acct
May 09 2013, 07:45PM
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the-wolf wrote:

One last point - the smartest guy thing, at least for me, speaks to Feaster's mental moronics whenever a microphone is placed in front of him. I hate his arrogance and bluster and the statemens he makes regarding his moves. Which, to me, makes him fair game for those types of comments - because he portrays himself that way.

It's not about anyone here being smarter than Feaster either, it's about wanting to have the ebst hockey person available to run the club and Feaster, IMO, isn't it.

Hiring Weisbrod and Conroy as assistant GM'S suggest,s to me that Feaster is aware that his hockey IQ is not elite.Arrogance and bluster however are synomynous with American lawyer's

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#84 EugeneV
May 11 2013, 06:15PM
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Joe Nieuwendyk?

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#85 McRib
May 14 2013, 09:39AM
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Hiring John Weisbrod was a brilliant move in my opinion on Feaster's end, as he recognized with Tampa Bay that he was unable to draft and develop talent (Pavel Kubina was only player on 2004 Cup Team that he drafted).

Some might not agree with the Iginla/Bouwmeester trades, as we failed to get any "Top Prospects" but his cards were forced and John Weisbrod still managed to get decent return with under the radar prospects. I think most at this time would agree. Weisbrod makes Feaster much more relevant for me and Conroy is just a beaut that franchises need to keep around!!

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#86 icedawg_42
May 14 2013, 11:21AM
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I'm someone that usually discounts the THN, TSN or HFs rankings... but they ALL had Jankowski in their Top. 5 Flames Prospects because unlike people at Flames Nation they have ACTUALLY SEEN HIM PLAY THIS YEAR!!!If NHLE figures were accurate Daniel Tkaczuk would have played with Iggy for a decade!!

Mark Jankowski is easily in my Top. 3 Flames Prospects!! Because I completely disagree with the fact that this kid is ever going to be a bust.... Because how does a 6'3" - 215 lbs power forward that has soft hands, a big reach, above average Hockey IQ, a quick release and a smooth stride.. bust??? Just don't see it at all, not going to happen. Point Totals are going to rise in college as quick as his weight gain.

Worst-case he becomes a Dustin Penner, best case Ryan Getzlaf... Speaking of Dustin Penner, has anyone ever considered him as a comparable for NHLE… Considering he was playing Division III NCAA Hockey at 20. Big Forwards take much longer to develop, Plain & Simple!! Also Ryan Getzlaf never scored more than 75 Points in Junior and has had 91 and 82 point seasons in the NHL. Late Blooming Power Forwards are when you throw the NHLEs out the window not completely base everything on it!!

This ranking is going to look very foolish next year once Jankwoski gains some size and starts dominating like everyone who watches him every day says. He is going to be playing on Canadian World Junior Teams and going to Hockey East Finals from what people are saying on my end, he's in for a big year next season and put up just as many points as a more developed Chris Kreider did his first season in NCAA.

I'm not sure if this works with or against your argument, but having watched Getzlaf in the dome for his entire junior career, I can safely say that he was a man among boys in the WHL. I don't think there was ever much doubt he'd be an impact NHL'er.

I must say, though I feel the drafting has improved for the organization, i'm not close to being sold on a single prospect not currently playing on the big team.

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