CALGARY, AB -- He went to scout Providence College defenceman Jake Walman, a potential solution on Hockey Canada’s blueline for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
But understandably, he had a vested interest in getting some eyes on Providence College forward Ryan Jankowski, too.
He is, after all, his uncle.
And Mark Jankowski didn’t disappoint.
“He did have a real good game,” Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowksi told CalgaryFlames.com. “He’s a hell of a player. Boy, I’m really, really impressed with the steps he’s taken.”
The game in question?
A 3-0 victory against Northeastern on Nov. 21.
The line on the younger Jankowski?
One goal, one assist, plus-2, four shots.
One impressed relative, too.
“The biggest growth I’ve seen is obviously his strength,” Ryan Jankowski said. “He’s 200 pounds now. He’s really starting to fill out. The part I like about that is he’s still only 200 pounds and there’s still a good frame to put on more weight. As much as that’s been so impressive in his game from two years ago to now, there’s still a lot of room for him to grow and put on strength and weight.”
The 21-year-old Jankowski, a senior, now has seven goals and 17 points in 14 games for the Friars -- eighth among Hockey East skaters in scoring.
He’s one goal shy of matching his total of eight from his junior year.
He needs just 10 more points to match his 27 points last year, too.
But it’s not exactly the offensive end that has impressed.
It’s at every end.
“The other part is how more well-rounded his game is and he deserves credit for that, and his coach deserves credit for that, Nate Leaman,” Ryan Jankowski said. “We all know that Mark has got the skill, the potential, the upside, he’s got finesse with the puck, but I like his involvement in the defensive zone. I liked his strength man-on-man.
"The commitment level he had in the defensive zone really, really impressed me from where it was a couple years ago.”