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Prospect Of The Week: Mark Jankowski

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Mark Jankowski certainly started his senior year with the Providence College Friars with a bang.

The 21-year-old centre set a new career-high on Friday, picking up one goal and three assists in Providence's 7-3 triumph over Miami.

He added to his offensive total the following night, collecting an assist on Jake Walman's first period goal against Miami, giving him five points through the first two games of the season.

Jankowski, who was selected 21st overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, is coming off a strong junior campaign that saw him contribute three points in the Frozen Four tournament and help lead the Friars to a national championship.

He was also one of the most noticeable players at the Flames annual summer development camp in July, earning high praise from Calgary assistant general manager Craig Conroy.

"The skating, the size, his shot's got better," Conroy said this summer. "I'm really happy with him here (at development camp). It was one of those where you want him to get stronger. He's still skinny but he is filling out a little more. He's got great hands; you see some of the goals he scores. Smart, and his skating seems like it's gotten stronger. His stride seems better and it seems like he's gotten stronger on his skates.

"He looks more solid this year and hard to knock off pucks."

In addition to taking on more minutes and offensive responsibility in his final season at Providence, Jankowski is also being looked on as a leader on the team; he was named an alternate captain of the Friars last month.

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