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PROVIDENCE COACH SPEAKS HIGHLY OF PROSPECTS

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
Jon Gillies at the 2012 NHL Draft (Getty Images)

Providence College head coach Nate Leaman will be coaching two Flames 2012 draft picks in the future as both first rounder Mark Jankowski and third rounder Jon Gilles are heading there over the course of the next couple of years.

Jankowski is expected to head to Dubuque in the 2012-13 season for developmental purposes before making the jump to Providence while Jon Gillies will be tending the cage in Rode Island this fall.

Leaman is extremely happy that he'll have Gillies on his roster next season.

"Jon is a big, talented goaltender who has played at a very high level for the past two years. He’s extremely athletic for being 6-foot-5."

Jankowski's year in Dubuque should be extremely beneficial in terms of his physical development and Leaman is looking forward to watching him progress.

"First and foremost, Mark is a person of very high character who works extremely hard. I believe he’s a guy who can do it all. He sees the ice well, can make plays and makes other players better.

"At this point he’s 170 pounds and needs to add strength, but the tools are there.”

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