C Mark Jankowski - Providence College, HE (2012, 21st overall, Calgary)
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09-03-2012, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
It is still funny to see Darryl being ripped for his drafting.
Michel Goulet was a hire by Darryl, not Feaster. When Darryl took over as the Flames GM, there was a shared farm team out of the Flames' control, Todd Button, and 2 other scouts. That was it. There was no drafting/development plan.
Darryl took over, and drafted a lot of busts. However, he saw the 'problem'. He managed to get the Flames to create the Heat - full control over development of prospects. He started hiring additional scouts. Development staff...
Sutter didn't always draft just big Western Canadian kids - he went off the 'grid' so to speak more often than people realize. Just look it up.
In the last couple of years of Darryl's tenure, the drafting philosophy dramatically changed. Emphasis was placed on "High Hockey IQ" - this wasn't a Feaster or Weisbrod implementation. They merely just kept expanding on it, and hired even more scouts.
Yes, the Flames are still easily in the bottom half of the league with respect to prospects - but they are climbing up. Things started to improve under Darryl, and Feaster is taking that ball and running with it.
Also, the Flames are not stupid for trying to build around Iginla and winning now, and they are not stupid for refusing to 'blow it up'. They ARE rebuilding - but trying to stay competitive while doing so. Are they stupid for doing that? Well, time will tell. Anyone's opinion on that matter is just that - an opinion. If this doesn't work out, then Feaster gets canned and the team does something else. Until it either works or doesn't, then that is all you have - an opinion. I am curious to see it through to be honest - a bit different than the 'traditional rebuilds' or whatever you want to call it.
Now, as for the main point of this thread - Jankowski - The Flames drafted who they thought was the best available center at the time - the one with the most upside. They scouted him very, very thoroughly. Only time will tell if he develops into a top line center or not. He has the size, the skating ability, the vision, the playmaking ability.. he has it 'all' for his age - but is a bit raw.
Jankowski does have a high ceiling - but we will all have to wait and see how close he comes to reaching it. He may bust, he may become elite, or he may fall somewhere in between. Anyone's opinion - including my own - is basically an uninformed opinion at this point. Let's give this kid a chance to show what he is all about this upcoming season before we label him one thing or another.
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