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Penguins Agree to Terms with Forward Mark Jankowski to One-Year Contract

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Mark Jankowski to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The contract will run through the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $700,000.

"Mark is another versatile player that gives us an option at the center position," said Rutherford. "His added experience on the penalty kill, where he has had success over the last few seasons, makes him a good fit for our team." 

Jankowski, 26, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Calgary Flames organization. In 208 career games, the forward has recorded 36 goals, 28 assists and 64 points. He recorded a career-high 17 goals in 72 games during the 2017-18 season, and set career highs in assists (18) and points (32) during the 2018-19 campaign 

Known for his penalty killing, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Jankowski has recorded seven career shorthanded goals, including five in 2018-19. Since his first full NHL season in 2017-18, his seven shorthanded goals are tied for fifth in the league. In that same span, Jankowski's 344:11 minutes of shorthanded time on ice ranks second among all Calgary forwards.\

Prior to his professional career, Jankowski played four seasons at Providence College from 2012-16 with teammate Brandon Tanev. In 148 career collegiate games, Jankowski tallied 43 goals, 67 assists and 110 points. The forward was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team during the Friars' run to the NCAA Championship in 2015, then was named to Hockey East's First All-Star Team the following season in 2015-16. 

The Hamilton, ON native was originally drafted by Calgary in the first round (21st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Jankowski's grandfather, Lou Jankowski, played four seasons in the NHL with Detroit and Chicago between 1950-55, while his great uncle is former Penguins coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly.

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