Mark Jankowski lone Stockton Heat representative at 2017 AHL All-Star Classic

Ari Yanover
January 05 2017 02:16PM

We don't yet know who will be representing the Flames at the NHL All-Star Game at the end of January, but we know who will in the AHL.

Mark Jankowski is the lone member of the Stockton Heat who will be an AHL All-Star this season. They're one of 13 of the 30 AHL teams to have just one representative.

Jankowski, a rookie, leads the Heat with 23 points in 26 games: eight goals and 15 assists. (Technically, Linden Vey leads with 23 points in 24 games, but semantics; his ,.88 points per game is second on the Heat.) He has 57 shots on net through the season, good for fifth on the team.

As far as rookies go, he's seventh in the entire AHL in scoring; five of the six rookies ahead of him in scoring have also been named All-Stars.

Jankowski also notably made his NHL debut earlier this season, taking the ice for 13 shifts and playing 10:18 against the New York Islanders on Nov. 28.

It's a little disappointing for the Heat to have just one representative, especially considering how not too long ago they were leading the Pacific Division. They have, however, fallen since then to fourth with a .621 points percentage, so hopefully they'll be able to pick it back up in the second half of the season.

Still, it's a bit better than last season, when Derek Grant - who was then 25 years old and pretty much not really considered a prospect anymore - was the Heat's lone representative (although, in fairness, his season with Stockton last year was incredible and it's nice to see him sticking in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres this year). 

Jankowski, 22, is at least still an actual prospect - and is showing some promise in his first professional year, however long it took him to reach this point. Here's to continued growth and a bright future.

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#1 deantheraven
January 05 2017, 02:29PM
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Hell yeah! Feast(er) yer eyes on that! Hope he enjoys the time and shines. Do they do 3-on-3 in the A?

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#2 Parallex
January 05 2017, 04:25PM
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Good for him.

Things are looking pretty good for Jankowski's future as an NHL'er of some manner. I like Christian's take on him in the prospect roundtable rerank... that he could be a modern Paul Gaustad for us (Big two-way bottom 6 C) and that sync's up decently with Stajan's remaining tenure here so there should be a spot for him to take if he can earn it.

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#3 T&A4Flames
January 05 2017, 09:19PM
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How do Gillies or Rittich not get picked as all stars?

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#4 McRib
January 06 2017, 06:11AM
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This is insane, a team just outside of the Top. 10 in Win Percentage (and who would easily be inside if not for a couple tough luck losses of late and playing in a very strong division) only gets one AHL All-Star?!?!? Ludicrous, Andrew Mangiapane is tied for eight in rookie scoring. Rasmus Andersson is fifth in rookie defence scoring and second in +/-. The AHL is a developmental league why would they not want young talent that is surely going to go onto the NHL showcased in the All-Star Game. I don't understand why you would want an All-Star Game filled with journeyman AHLers? This is some bush league stuff right here!!!

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#5 freethe flames
January 06 2017, 06:23AM
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McRib wrote:

This is insane, a team just outside of the Top. 10 in Win Percentage (and who would easily be inside if not for a couple tough luck losses of late and playing in a very strong division) only gets one AHL All-Star?!?!? Ludicrous, Andrew Mangiapane is tied for eight in rookie scoring. Rasmus Andersson is fifth in rookie defence scoring and second in +/-. The AHL is a developmental league why would they not want young talent that is surely going to go onto the NHL showcased in the All-Star Game. I don't understand why you would want an All-Star Game filled with journeyman AHLers? This is some bush league stuff right here!!!

I wonder how much of the recent struggles of the team hurt their chances. The guys you mention are the future of this team maybe as early as the trade deadline or in high probability next season.

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#6 OKG
January 06 2017, 11:42AM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

How do Gillies or Rittich not get picked as all stars?

Gillies has not been good. 3.06 GAA, .907 SV% - compare him to Joni Ortio at the same age and you can't have much confidence in Jon as a prospect.

Absolutely embarassing that Rittich isn't an all star though. Probably the best goalie in the A

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#7 McRib
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@OKG

Jon Gillies is coming off basically an entire missed year of Hockey, let's not look too much into his stats this season, as he is obviously going take some time getting back into top game shape.

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