Heading into the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, the name Mark Jankowski wasn’t known by many Flames fans. That all changed when Calgary selected him in the first round and pivot was suddenly in the spotlight.
Praised by scouts for his creativity with the puck, Jankowski is equally adept at scoring goals and setting up his linemates. His vision and puckhandling skills keep him a few steps ahead of his opposition and he was become more physical as his frame develops. He has also been lauded for elevating the play of his teammates as well, both in terms of his playmaking skills and his leadership.
Jankowski was passed up in the OHL Priority Selection Draft in large part due to his stature (he was just 5-foot-8 in 2010) and he opted to play for Stanstead College. He shot up seven inches during his time there and became a force to be reckoned with, scoring 84 goals and 166 points in 122 games.