20-Year-Old Center – Chicago Blackhawks
Marko Dano Contract Information:
Signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Blue Jackets in March of 2014. Traded to the Blackhawks in June 2015.
Dano has been assigned to AHL Rockford, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After 41 uninspiring games in the KHL last year, the 19-year-old Dano made his North American debut in Springfield and promptly racked up two goals and six points in 10 games. The uptick in production shouldn't be surprising, as the feisty Slovak's skill set seems far better suited for this side of the pond, and while fellow 2013 first-rounder Alexander Wennberg has the most advanced game among Blue Jackets prospects, it could easily be Dano who gets to the NHL first as a bottom-six agitator. Long-term, his ceiling is much higher than that, but for the moment, Dano will focus on making his body stronger and his sandpaper-game grittier.
The third of Columbus' three first round picks this season, Dano looks like a future agitator and fan favorite if he can add the strength necessary to compete on a nightly basis in the NHL.