Mark Jankowski Has Been a Pleasant Surprise
Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Mark Jankowski is a journeyman. He has had stints with three other NHL teams (Calgary, Pittsburgh, Buffalo) before joining the Nashville Predators.
Jankowski, another big-bodied center, was acquired by the Predators as an UFA on July 14, 2022. Even though he was placed on waivers in October, he cleared waivers and has now earned the trust in the coaching staff, playing in 20 games and showing us a two-way game.
While he does not show up on the scorecard as often as some of the others, Jankowski has a 58% success rate in the faceoff circle up from his career average of 49.4%. Jankowski has 3 goals and 3 assists, is a +3 in the +/- column and only has two minor penalties on the season.
Jankowski is on a team friendly contract having signed a one-year deal, $750,000 AAV that expires at the end of the 2022-2023 season. Jankowski is going to have to add some more scoring to his stat line if he wants to remain a member of the Predators after this season.