Marko Dano
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Marko Dano

Hometown:

Eisenstadt Austria

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-11-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Columbus Blue Jackets, June 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2010-11: Marko Dano played for the HK Dukla Trencin organization’s U18 and U20 teams, and also spent time with the top club in that organization. In 9 games for the U18 club, Dano scored 13 goals and added 4 assists for 17 points. In 4 playoff games for that club, he scored 2 goals and picked up 2 assists for 4 points. Dano played in 28 games for the U20 squad, scoring 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points to go along with 86 penalty minutes and a +19 rating. In 8 playoff games at this level, Dano scored 4 goals and added 2 assists for 6 points. In 8 games for the top club, Dano picked up 1 assist and registered no points in 3 playoff games. Dano played for Slovakia at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 3 assists for 4 points in 6 games. Dano was chosen by the WHL’s Prince George Cougars in the first round, 60th overall, of the 2011 CHL Import.

2011-12: Dano spent most of the season with HK Dukla Trencin’s top club. In 32 games for that team, he scored 4 goals and added 6 assists for 10 points. In 9 playoff games for Trencin, Dano picked up 3 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Dano also scored 3 goals and added 1 assist for 4 points in 3 games for Trencin’s U20 club, then scored 4 goals and 2 assists in 3 playoff games for that team. Dano played for Slovakia at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists for 3 points in 6 games. Dano also represented Slovakia at the 2012 U18 Div. 1A World Junior Championship, scoring 10 goals and adding 3 assists for 13 points in 5 games. Dano was chosen by HC Slovan Bratislava in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2012 KHL Draft.

2012-13: Dano played for Slovan Bratislava of the KHL, scoring 3 goals and adding 4 assists for 7 points in 37 games. He registered no points in four playoff games for that club. Dano played for Slovakia at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship, scoring 4 goals and chipping in 5 assists for 9 points in six games. Dano also represented Slovakia at the 2013 World Championship, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist in five games.

2013-14: Dano made his North American pro hockey debut in March 2014 after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets — joining Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield following his second KHL season with Bratislava Slovan. In ten regular season games with the Falcons he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was minus-2 with 4 penalty minutes. He had 2 assists and was minus-1 in Springfield’s five-game playoff series with Providence. Dano scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was minus-11 with 41 penalty minutes in 41 games for Bratislava, which missed the KHL playoffs after finishing sixth in the Bobrov Division. 

2014-15: Dano made the Columbus Blue Jackets out of training camp — making his NHL debut on October 9th in a game against Buffalo and skating in three games before suffering an undisclosed injury. He missed four games and returned for five games with Columbus before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield. Recalled by the Blue Jackets in February, he played 35 NHL games in his rookie season. Dano scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was +12 with 14 penalty minutes, averaging 13 minutes per game with Columbus. Dano scored 11 goals with 8 assists and was -4 with 34 penalty minutes in 39 AHL games for Springfield. He finished the year skating for Slovakia’s men’s team in the 2015 World Championship. Dano scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes and had an even/plus minus in five games. Slovakia finished ninth overall — missing the quarterfinals after finishing fifth in Group B. 

Talent Analysis

Dano is an average sized player that relies on his speed to create opportunities. He works hard in the offensive zone and is able to keep the puck on his stick. He has decent hands and can find the open man in traffic. In the defensive zone, Dano is responsible and knows when to step up on his mark. He plays a gritty game.

Future

Dano was acquired by Chicago in June 2015 as part of the multiplayer trade that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus and Artem Anisimov to the Blackhawks. With the depth in the Chicago organization, he will start the 2015-16 season with AHL affiliate Rockford. Dano showed potential in his first pro season in North America while with the Blue Jackets and the opportunity to play in all situations for the IceHogs should allow him to develop in all phases of his game. Long-term Dano projects as a a solid second or third line forward at the NHL level.

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