The Providence College Friars lost to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in double overtime earlier today in the first round of the NCAA’s national championship tournament. The loss ends the Friars season and also serves as the end of the line for Providence College’s eight seniors, including 2012 Calgary Flames first round pick Mark Jankowski (and 2013 Flames seventh round pick John Gilmour).
The Flames have until August 15 to sign both players, at which point they become unrestricted free agents (and the Flames would receive a compensatory second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft due to Jankowski’s departure).
Jankowski missed a big chunk of the overtime period, and the Friars’ radio broadcast crew was speculation as to what the injury was – their best guess was something lower-body. He did finish the game, but didn’t see very much ice time and reportedly stayed on the bench for the majority of extra time.
A 21-year-old native of St. Catherines, Ontario, Jankowski led Providence in scoring with 40 points in 38 games, but he was held pointless in their final three games (a win against Merrimack, a loss to U-Mass Lowell and a loss to Minnesota Duluth).
It’s official, Jankowski’s college career is over after OT loss. #Flames staffers on hand to see if they can sign him right away. We’ll see
— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) March 26, 2016
Refresher on Flames options with Jankowski:
1. Sign him.
2. Try but fail to sign, get 51st pick in 2017 draft as compensation.
3. Trade him.
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) March 26, 2016