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On Jankowski, Klimchuk, and Mangiapane

August 17, 2017, 10:03 AM ET [49 Comments]
Todd Cordell
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Over the last few weeks, @Ziggy_14 has been tweeting out production snapshots for many of the notable prospects in hockey.

Basically, these snapshots take into account several key statistics and rank players by percentile so you can get a quick glance of how they stack up relative to their peers.

Snapshots were recently created for a few Calgary Flames prospects so, with not much else happening, I figured I'd gather them in one place and share some thoughts/takeaways.

We'll start with Mark Jankowski.

The Flames haven't added an established player to their forward core this summer and that undoubtedly has something to do with wanting to leave a spot or two open for kids (like Jankowski) to fight for in camp.

Nothing will be handed to Jankowski but I think he's a pretty good bet to make the team this fall.

As an AHL rookie, Jankowski tallied goals, assists, and shots at a 1st line rate and was also the league's leader in WAR.

He was as good as the Flames could have hoped for and, realistically, has proven all he can at the AHL level.

I think they'll give him a legitimate shot to make the team this fall and I expect he'll take advantage of it.

Klimchuk's rookie season in the AHL was nothing short of a disaster. He put up just nine points in 55 games and, though he was very young, left little reason to be optimstic about his future.

Last season, Klimchuk bounced back in a big way registering 19 goals and 44 points in 66 games while scoring goals at an excellent rate during 5v5 play.

If he continues to progress, I wouldn't be surprised if he's used as an injury callup as early as this season.

Mangiapane put up 41 points and, at 5v5, produced at a 2nd line rate as an AHL rookie while playing tough minutes.

Realistically, I think his season went about as well as you could possibly hope from a 20-year-old who was passed over in his draft year and chosen in the 6th round the following draft.

Mangiapane was a big time play driver in junior and, though small in stature, his play without the puck always impressed me so it's not surprising that a) he's been given tough assignments and; b) he's excelling in them.

As far as 6th round picks go, I think he's as much of a sure thing to play in NHL games as you'll find.

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