22-Year-Old Center – Winnipeg Jets
Marko Dano Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Jets worth $850,000 in June of 2017.
Dano has cracked the lineup in just one of the Jets' previous 14 outings.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Having played for three teams in as many years, Dano may have found a home in Winnipeg, at least for the time being. The 21-year-old hasnít had the opportunity to really strut his potential, but his best chance will come on the left wing with the Jets. The 2013 No. 27 pick isnít afraid lay out his competitors, and if he can skate in the NHL for more than half a season, 20-plus points should be a breeze. Dano had just four goals and four assists with Winnipeg last year (10 total points counting his time with Chicago), but played in only 21 games with the team. He isnít worth reaching on, and inconsistency will be an issue with the young player, but donít discount him in the long run.
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.