August 19 2016 08:00AM
Way, way back in 2012, the Calgary Flames were in a much different place. Following the brief NHL debut of 2011 first round selection Sven Baertschi during the 2011-12 season, the hope was the Flames could get similarly immediate help in the 2011 cattle call.
Instead, the Flames traded down to recoup a previously-traded second round pick and selected relatively obscure forward Mark Jankowski – a forward who had absolutely dominated Quebec high school hockey and was headed to the NCAA. It was hardly the immediate help that Flames fans hoped for, and the pick didn't exactly age well in light of 2013 and 2014 top picks (Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett) heading straight to the NHL.
But four full seasons after his selection, Jankowski is now under an entry-level contract and is finally going to be playing professional hockey. With a lot of intrigue and mystery surrounding him, Jankowski comes in as the 11th-ranked prospect on FlamesNation's prospect rankings. He was #10 last year.
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August 19 2016 05:00AM
Leafs shouldn't be tanking, the Canucks climb back up the standings, Red Wings re-live jail, comparing Gaudreau to the NHL's best, Oilers building on inheritance, a KHL player goes crazy, NCAA free agent frenzy, no goalie equipment changes, new advanced stats and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 18 2016 12:00PM
When Johnny Gaudreau burst onto the scene in the 2014-15 season, it was a pretty exciting time. Here was a kid, previously considered too small to play in the NHL, defying expectations by taking the lead in rookie scoring and ending up a Calder finalist. How was he going to live up to that?
Well, by being nearly a point-per-game player in his second season and finishing top 10 in league scoring.
And that was just his second year.
So as we wait for Gaudreau's next contract, let's take this moment to compare him to the other top 10 scorers from the 2015-16 season.
August 18 2016 10:00AM
A new team calls for a new goalie mask. Here's Chad Johnson's.
August 18 2016 08:00AM
I think we can sum up Brett Kulak with two words: "pleasant surprise". One of the largest risers in this year's countdown, Kulak moved up five spots from 17th last year to 12th this year and is one of about three defenceman that are expected to challenge for a bottom pair role with the Flames this season.
Well, that is, if there is even a spot for Kulak to challenge for, but that's another matter.