Col­lege’s Jankowski gets his re­port card

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - by Fred Poulin

If

you’re look­ing for a wild card in the next NHL En­try Draft that will be held in Pitts­burgh in less than three weeks, look no fur­ther than Mark Jankowski. The lanky cen­ter was even ig­nored in the OHL Pri­or­ity Se­lec­tion Draft up un­til this sea­son, two years af­ter be­ing el­i­gi­ble, when the Sag­i­naw Spirit grabbed him in the sev­enth round (131st over­all).

Af­ter two years at Stanstead Col­lege, a Que­bec board­ing school, where the cal­i­bre is much more in­fe­rior than that of ma­jor ju­nior hockey, Jankowski still doesn’t know if he will make the tran­si­tion to the NCAA, where he would play for Prov­i­dence Col­lege Fri­ars, or head to the OHL and dress for the Sag­i­naw Spirit. Mark Jankowski has also been drafted 11th in the first round of the USHL 2012 en­try draft by the Dubuque Fight­ing Saints where he would play af­ter col­lege, should he chose that path. Top-prospects Zem­gus Gir­gen­sons and Mike Mathe­son are cur­rently playing for the Saints.

Jankowski is also aware that if he is a first-round choice, the team that drafts him will likely have a say re­gard­ing where he plays next sea­son.

This past sea­son, Janowski tal­lied 53 goals and 40 as­sists for 93 points in only 57 games (with a plus/mi­nus of +51) fol­low­ing a rookie sea­son dur­ing which he recorded 36 goals and 46 as­sists for 82 points in 78 games at Stanstead Col­lege. Jankowski’s rise as a prospect for the up­com­ing is pri­mar­ily due to a growth spurt that saw him go from 5’8” to 6’3” in a pe­riod of 18 months. While he has grown in stature, he weighs only 175 pounds and needs to bulk up dur­ing the summer to han­dle the tougher com­pe­ti­tion he will most likely face next year.

A smooth skater with a great on-ice vi­sion, Jankowski is a very cre­ative player that can score goals and dis­trib­ute the puck to his line-mates. The skilled pivot is very pa­tient with the puck and his high hockey sense helps him cre­ate of­fense for his team-mates. While he has dom­i­nated the MPHL

this sea­son, Jankowski will need to play against bet­ter players in 2012-13 in order to de­velop nor­mally. Should he de­cide to play one more year at Stanstead, I fear he will stag­nate and fail to make a smooth tran­si­tion to the higher level.

His grand­fa­ther, Lou Jankowski, had an 18-year pro ca­reer in the NHL in Detroit and Chicago in the 1950s. And his great-un­cle is Hall of Famer Red Kelly who played 1,316 games over 20 years for Detroit and Toronto.

Jankowski, while still very raw, can play a twoway game and doesn’t take a shift off even if he still needs to get used to his rapidly-chang­ing body. He needs to add weight to play a more phys­i­cal game along the boards and im­prove his strength over the summer in order to be more fluid and strong on his skates. The Dun­das na­tive will also need to work on im­prov­ing the speed and the re­lease of his shot as it could be much bet­ter.

At this point of his ca­reer, Jankowski is a long-term project, al­beit a very in­trigu­ing one, and he’s a typ­i­cal high-risk high re­ward player with a high ceil­ing that could turn out to be a late firstround or early sec­ond-round steal for the team that takes a chance on him.

With the news that Bobby Kin­sella, former direc­tor of scout­ing for the Dubuque Fight­ing Saints, has been hired by the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens as a USHL scout out of Chicago, I would not be sur­prised at all if the Habs take Jankowski with their 2nd round pick (33rd over­all). Kin­sella re­cruited Max Pa­cioretty and Steve Kampfer, among oth­ers.

“Jankowski is a typ­i­cal late bloomer as he grew 6 inches this sea­son. His sud­den growth spurt has left him rail thin as he is vastly un­der­de­vel­oped phys­i­cally, weigh­ing a slight 170. His strength test re­sults at the Com­bine were cer­tainly a re­flec­tion of that. None­the­less he is a solid prospect due to his abil­ity to man­u­fac­ture of­fence. His vi­sion, puck skills and pa­tience with the puck are his best at­tributes. More of a fi­nesse player, he lacks a phys­i­cal di­men­sion to his game. Jankowski skates like a young Ja­son Spezza as he lacks flu­id­ity but has good lev­els of speed. His an­tic­pa­tion and hockey sense keep him in­volved in plays even though he doesn’t have the best start up speed. Jankowski des­per­ately needs to add power and strength to his game. His shot as a re­sult is not very strong nor is the quick­ness of his re­lease. His sud­den spike in de­vel­op­ment is a healthy sign for NHL clubs. This year he dom­i­nated the MPHL and helped his draft stock con­sid­er­ably with a strong end of sea­son show­ing at the Bean­pot Clas­sic playing against bet­ter players. Jankowski has the po­ten­tial to be a top six scor­ing cen­tre at the NHL level. ” - McKeen’s Direc­tor of Scout­ing David Burstyn Twit­ter ac­count: @ DavidBurstyn

*** “Rangy cen­tre­man with long, smooth stride that will only get bet­ter as he de­vel­ops his strength and leg drive. Plays with his head up and has ex­cel­lent on-ice vi­sion. Cre­ative player who makes his line­mates bet­ter, showed some im­pres­sive in­stant chem­istry with Ben Fos­ter at Bean­town Clas­sic – the duo were no­tice­able on just about ev­ery shift. He’s a project at this stage, but in terms of raw up­side, I don’t know that I saw many bet­ter prospects this year than Jankowski. He’s not all that phys­i­cal a player, but he doesn’t shy away from con­tact ei­ther. I think he’ll ad­dress that as­pect of his game as he ma­tures.” Red Line Re­port’s Kirk Luedeke Twit­ter ac­count: @kluedeke29

“A real late bloomer, he skates well, has great vi­sion with the puck and tremen­dous play­mak­ing un­der­stand­ing and po­ten­tial. He comes from a great hockey fam­ily and re­ally just looks to giv­ing only a small glimpse of what he could progress to be at this point.” ISS Hockey’s Ross MacLean Twit­ter ac­count: @ross­maclean

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