22-Year-Old Center – Winnipeg Jets
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 (lower body) was designated for injured reserve Friday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Dano got his first taste of the NHL in Columbus last season, contributing eight goals, 13 assists, and plus-12 rating in 35 games. Heís a hard-hitting, two-way forward with the versatility to play all three positions. But Dano actually prefers the wing, and models his game after new teammate Marian Hossa. The key get for the Blackhawks in the Brandon Saad trade, Dano will likely be penciled into a top-nine role right away, and could be a top-six player if he impresses in camp. And thereís plenty of room on fantasy teams for a potential 35-point, 200-hit thumper. Heíll rise through the team's ranks quickly, but probably wonít see much power-play time for a few years.
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.