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2018-19 Player Report Card: Mark Jankowski

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How much longer is Calgary willing to wait on Mark Jankowski?

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Mark Jankowski: Centre

Regular Season: 79 GP, 14 G, 18 A, 32 Pts, 12 PIM, +6, -3.4 CFRel%

Playoffs: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 0 PIM

Individual Grades

MarkParkinson14= (C) The continuing saga of Mark Jankowski didn’t take a turn in one direction or the other this past season. Janko has always been a polarizing figure since he was drafted and his 2018-19 won’t help his cause. After his 2017-18 season I was expecting a little more out of the 24 year old Hamilton Ontario product, but he didn’t take a major leap. He played in seven more games, but his point totals were only seven better than his prior campaign and he took less shots this season. Jankowski is in a weird spot as he only has one year left on his contract and his name is sometimes tossed around in trade talks. I’m not part of the crowd that wants him traded, but if the right deal comes along I wouldn’t be broken hearted if he were to be dealt. If he isn’t sent somewhere this offseason, this will be his make or break season with Calgary. The Flames have been very patient with Janko, but you have to wonder how much longer they are willing to wait.

Madeline Campbell = (C+) I thought Jankowski had a fine season. It’s hard to strip away all of the baggage that comes with the expectations surrounding him, but if you can, you might not be too disappointed in the season he had. A season total of 32 points isn’t anything to turn your nose up at, and Jankowski’s play driving numbers are also sound, so there’s a solid foundation there. That said, relative to expectations, this season was a bit of a let down—we expected him to take a bigger step forward and he didn’t.

Maybe, then, this is just what he is—a depth center who can drive play and kill penalties and still kick in some points. And that’s still a useful piece, even if it’s not quite what we expected him to be.

MGMacGillivray = (C) Janko is....fine? He’s not a player that particularly wowed me this past year, but he didn’t disappoint me either. His overall game did see some development, and he showed some promise with his knack for shorthanded scoring. The question becomes what the ceiling could be for Jankowski. He’ll be 25 by the time this season kicks off, and the Flames will have to decide how much room for development is left for him. He could very well find himself as a 4C if Derek Ryan continues his level of play that he finished the season with, and if that’s the case, maybe he’s a trade candidate.