CALGARY, AB -- After a month of sitting in the stands, Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski is ready to return to the Providence College Friars lineup in their game against Massachusetts on Friday.
Jankowski had been sidelined with a hip injury he suffered in late November against Merrimack.
"It kind of accumulated over the game," he explained. "It wasn't one hit where I felt it the most, it was a nagging thing all the way to the third period. I couldn't finish the third period - it got too bad. I wrapped it up and played Saturday but after that, the doc told me to shut it down."
"I'm feeling really good now. I'm really excited to finally get back in the lineup. The injury is fully healed, I'm 100 per cent and I'm ready to go."
The 18 year-old has had experience with sitting out for an extended period of time due to injury. During his pee-wee days, Jankowski pulled his groin and missed a month of action.
"Any time you have to sit out and watch your team play is tough but I'm just really excited to be back in the lineup."
The Flames drafted Jankowski in the first round (21st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Prior to heading to Providence, Jankowski played for the Stanstead College Spartans. He lead the league in scoring in 2011-12, racking up 94 points (53 goals, 41 assists) in 57 games.
The true freshman has played 14 games for the Friars this year, scoring four goals and eight points.