INTRODUCING MARK JANKOWSKI
On Friday night, the Flames traded their 14th overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for picks 21 and 42. With the 21st overall pick, Jay Feaster and his crew drafted Mark Jankowski, a pivot out of Stanstead College.
The 17 year-old has seen his stock rise drastically over the last year, something he credits to the fact more scouts were making stops in his neck of the woods. Stanstead College wasn't a place a lot of scouts were making stops at the beginning of the season but his performance there drew quite a crowd as the year went on.
"Playing at Stanstead College, not a lot of people knew where it was right away. So, as soon as I got that exposure, more and more people came out to watch and I kept on impressing."
Jankowski has signed with Providence College but will head to Dubuque in the USHL next year for developmental purposes. Dubuque general manager and head coach Jim Montgomery really likes the skill set Jankowski brings to the table and has compared him to another Flames prospect.
"He said I was kind of like a bigger Johnny Gaudreau," Jankowski noted.
For those who haven't followed Gaudreau's 2011-12 season, the diminutive forward was an offensive powerhouse for Boston College as a true freshman so that kind of compliment should excite Flames fans. Gaudreau also played for the Fighting Saints before heading to Beantown.
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