30 Prospects in 30 Days: Mark Jankowski


With only 6 days left until the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, we will be breaking down a prospect each day until June 22nd. Today, we will take a closer look at center Mark Jankowski.


Courtesy of NHL.com

Center Mark Jankowski, Stanstead College, 17 Years Old

Height: 6’2″, Weight:  170 pounds, Shoots: Left


NHL Central Scouting: 43rd among North American skaters
TSN: 14th among all players


2011-12 Stats: 57 games played, 53 goals, 41 assists, 94 points, +51, 34 penalty minutes


More after the jump…


THE SCOOP: Although it is hard to predict when any specific player will be drafted, Mark Jankowski seems to be the most difficult. The young center played for a Quebec boarding school called Stanstead College this past season and had a monster year. He notched 94 points (53 goals and 41 assists) in 57 games and was a +51. His next step is uncertain because Providence College and the Saginaw Spirit both are possibilities. Saginaw of the OHL took him in the seventh round of the OHL Priority Selection Draft this season. His stats jump out at you, but you have to look at the situation Jankowski was in this past season. He was not playing against opponents that had the skill levels like an OHL or WHL team does. Drafting Jankowski early would be a huge risk because of the uncertainty of how he would adjust to a higher level of hockey. He will need to play against better players in 2012-13 in order to develop correctly. Jankowski plays extremely well with the puck, as he is very patient, can score goals, and can distribute the puck to his teammates very well. Since he only weights about 170 pounds, he will need to bulk up in order to be an effective player in the NHL. His face-off ability and acceleration could also be improved. David Burstyn said this about Jankowski: “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 under-developed 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.” In one mock draft, he was projected to be taken in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks. While he is a huge risk, the reward could be even more enormous if he can continue to put up numbers against better competition. Jankowski will be one of the many great stories to watch as the 2012 NHL Draft unfolds, but expect him to be taken anywhere from the middle of the first round to the end of the second round.


Previously Seen in “30 Prospects in 30 Days”:

May 23, 2012: Olli Maatta
May 24, 2012: Sebastian Collberg
May 25, 2012: Brady Skjei
May 26, 2012: Andrei Vasilevski
May 27, 2012: Scott Laughton
May 28, 2012: Jacob Trouba
May 29, 2012: Tomas Hertl
May 30, 2012: Thomas Wilson
May 31, 2012: Mikhail Grigorenko
June 1, 2012: Derrick Pouliot
June 2, 2012: Radek Faksa
June 3, 2012: Zemgus Girgensons
June 4, 2012: Cody Ceci
June 5, 2012: Malcolm Subban
June 6, 2012: Colton Sissons
June 7, 2012: Griffin Reinhart
June 8, 2012: Teuvo Teravainen
June 9, 2012: Brendan Gaunce
June 10, 2012: Matthew Finn
June 11, 2012: Morgan Rielly
June 12, 2012: Henrik Samuelsson
June 13, 2012: Filip Forsberg
June 14, 2012: Stefan Matteau
June 15, 2012: Martin Frk