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The 2012 first round pick led the Stockton Heat in scoring as a rookie in 2016-17

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

From June 10-19, will be highlighting the organization's most promising prospects - players who have made tremendous strides since being drafted and those who could make a push for a roster spot in the near future.

Today, we feature Mark Jankowski, the Flames' 2012 first round selection who is coming off a strong rookie season with the Stockton Heat.

John Weisbrod's original plan didn't include a stop at Stanstead College.

The former assistant general manager's 2011-12 Quebec scouting trip took a detour when a prospect he was slated to watch ended up injured prior to his arrival. With a gap in his schedule, Flames' director of amateur scouting Tod Button asked him to head up to Stanstead College to watch Mark Jankowski.

The rest is history.

Selected 21st overall, Jankowski was tabbed as a raw prospect that would need time to grow into his lanky frame and add on sorely needed muscle. If a team was patient with the Dundas, Ont. product, he had the potential to develop into a two-way centre at the NHL level.

At the high school level, Jankowski had been absolutely dominant. In his first season at Stanstead, he put up 31 goals and 73 points in 65 games. In 2011-12, he ended up with 53 goals and 93 points through 57 skates.

Opting to head to Providence College and work with head coach Nate Leaman, Jankowski embarked on what would be a four-year collegiate career in the fall of 2012. During his time with the Friars, he scored 43 goals and 110 points in 148 games.

He was a key component in their 2015 NCAA Championship run, amassing two goals and three points in the Frozen Four. He capped off this tenure with Providence by leading the team in scoring in his senior season, netting 15 goals and 40 points in 38 games.

Last year, he joined the Stockton Heat for his rookie pro season and ended up leading the club in scoring with 27 goals and 56 points in 64 skates. He was also tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with five points through five games.

Thanks to his strong play in Stockton, Jankowski earned his first NHL recall on Nov. 25, 2016 and made his debut on Nov. 28, logging 10:18 of ice time in the Flames' overtime setback to the New York Islanders.

Video: Jankowski following his NHL debut against the Isles

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