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Road to the NHL Draft: Jansen Harkins

Jansen Harkins

Position: Center

Junior team: Prince George (WHL)

Born: Cleveland

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 182 pounds

2014-15 stats: 70 games, 20 goals, 59 assists, 79 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 15 (North America)

Lowdown: As the son of a well-traveled player, Harkins has laced his skates in many places. His road started in Germany, where his father, Todd, played for four seasons. Todd is still influential to Jansen’s game in his role as Prince George’s general manager.

While Harkins gets tips from his dad, it’s his brother who provides inspiration. Nicklas Harkins has a rare genetic disorder called mucopolysaccharide disease, which ultimately causes progressive damage to the body’s cells. Seeing his brother’s daily struggles drives Jansen to have an unparalleled work ethic. He plays end-to-end and does the dirty work along the boards. He also set a franchise record for assists this season.

He helped Canada to the gold medal at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, putting up six points in five games. He doesn’t possess the dynamic creativity shown by other top centers in the draft. Harkins has yet to prove he can be a goal scorer.

They said it: “There's a lot of different things that come into play in Jansen's career and his hockey because of his older brother being diagnosed with a pretty fatal disease. I think that drives Jansen to succeed so his brother can experience it with him.” – Todd Harkins to NHL.com.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27.

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