2010-11: Kyle Jenkins played for the Mississauga Rebels bantam AAA team in Ontario.
2011-12: Jenkins skated for the Mississauga Rebels minor midget AAA team. In 67 games he scored 13 goals with 28 assists and had 36 penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal in seven games for the Rebels at the 2012 OHL Cup. Jenkins was selected by Sault Ste. Marie in the fourth round (68th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.
2012-13: Jenkins made his OHL debut in March — appearing in a late-season game with Sault Ste. Marie — after skating for the junior A Oakville Blades in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was minus-2 in his only game with the Greyhounds. Jenkins was named to the OJHL’s All-Prospect first team; scoring 9 goals with 20 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 46 games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 16 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
2013-14: Jenkins skated in 63 of 68 regular season games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in his first OHL season. He scored 7 goals with 18 assists and was plus-6 with 28 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds finished first in the West Division with the OHL’s fourth-best record and reached the second round in the playoffs. Jenkins scored 1 goal and was plus-1 with 8 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was ranked 69th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Carolina in the seventh round (187th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Jenkins is a smart, two-way defender with some offensive upside. Like many players with one year of junior hockey experience, he is fairly early in the development process and will need added strength and size and improvement when it comes to the technical and tactical aspects of the game to compete at the pro level successfully.
Jenkins attended his first NHL training camp with the Hurricanes before being returned to Sault Ste. Marie for his second junior season in 2014-15. A teammate of fellow Carolina prospect Tyler Ganly, a 2013 draft pick, Jenkins is a player with whom the Hurricanes were familiar and felt comfortable drafting. As with any seventh-round pick, his pro potential is uncertain at this point. He has been solid for the Greyhounds thus far this season and is chipping in offensively so there could be some upside.