The Calgary Flames have called up forward Mark Jankowski from the AHL’s Stockton Heat.
Yes, the same Mark Jankowski that former assistant GM John Weisbrod once compared to Joe Nieuwendyk.
Jankowski has three goals and nine assists in 13 games for the Heat. This is his first full season as a professional, after spending four years at Providence College.
A first-round pick of the Flames in 2012, Jankowski could have become a free agent this summer, a la Jimmy Vesey. But despite the opportunity, he saw no reason to sign elsewhere.
“Honestly, there was no looking around,” he told the Calgary Sun in March.
The Flames play tonight in Boston, but Jankowski is not expected to draw into the lineup. Their next game is Sunday in Philadelphia, and then they finish their road trip Monday in Brooklyn.