Marko Dano

Meet New Blackhawks Forward Marko Dano

While most Blackhawks fans are writing off Tuesday’s Brandon Saad trade as an epic disaster, GM Stan Bowman picked up a really good young prospect in Marko Dano.

Dano, who won’t turn 21 until the end of November, was the top prospect in the Blue Jackets organization. Injuries forced him into the NHL last season and he responded with a strong showcase, posting 21 points in 34 games. He averaged 13:15 per game and scored one game-winning goal.

He represented Slovakia in the World Championships after the season, scoring one goal in five games.

He was also a physical player in his time with the Jackets. He was credited with 94 hits and 12 blocked shots in those 34 games, and also picked up 18 takeaways. Dano also led the Blue Jackets in dCorsi impact with a 111.24 rating, a metric from Stephen Burtch at that measures performance against expectation. According to, Dano’s 63 SAT tied for the team-high in Columbus last year in spite of his limited body of work.

From – “Dano is a skilled two-way forward who skates with good mobility and effort. He keeps his feet moving and uses his hands well to be elusive with the puck. He shows no fear in taking the puck into high-traffic areas and can play the chippy, gritty style of game. He’s defensively responsible and keeps close tabs on his assignments before jumping on the offensive.”

From, which ranked him the #47 overall prospect at the end of the 2014-15 season – “After a year of seasoning in the KHL, Marko Dano proved his first-round draft value in 2014-15 upon arriving in North America. Ideally, the Columbus Blue Jackets would have liked the Slovakian to spend a year in the AHL, but due to a slew of injuries, Dano ended up playing 35 games with the NHL team toward the end of the season. He found chemistry playing alongside Alexander Wennberg and veteran Scott Hartnell, recording 21 points, and has likely earned some leeway heading into next season, even with a completely healthy Blue Jackets lineup. Dano, who is representing his country at the 2015 World Championship, plays a solid two-way game that translates well to the smaller ice surface, though he can still be a capable offensive threat as evidenced by his numbers this season.”

54 thoughts on “Meet New Blackhawks Forward Marko Dano

  1. Promising prospect versus a proven two time cup winner in saad, had we received a first round pick and or 2nd and 4th, maybe equal trade, but for now we trade a top line winger who is a beast for a smaller foward and a smaller center? Now matter how you sugar coat this bowman F…..d up. He over played his hand with sharp, failed to move the big safety cone in Bickell and and stuck with steeger way too long. And resigning runblad was just plain dumb, well makes sense now that he over paid for Vermette and traded away top D man at farm and now traded paliotta. Apparently little faith in johns or any of other D inrockford. We all knew it was going to be a tough offseason but wow, Stan threw in the towel. Come on Stan don’t be Jerry Krause reborn.

  2. I would love to know if he was used as a center in the KHL or AHL and what his face off numbers were like. It worries me that he and Anisimov are marginal centers at the NHL level. Good to see that they’ve had some chemistry together though.

  3. Understanding that something had to give I’m glad we picked up this 1st rounder, … I just hope his speed can translate to more of a possession game. Saad left some big skates to fill!!

  4. Larry,

    You’re way off. Dano and Anisimov is a much better scoop for Saad than a slew of picks. Wait until you see the kid in the Indianhead. Does losing Saad hurt? Absolutely, but this is a salary cap game and you are forced to make unpopular moves sometimes.

    That said, if Sharp can be leveraged into a package that a player of his caliber is worth, now, you can thank this trade for taking the pressure off Bowman. Watch what happens after teams throw insane money at UFA’s that can’t hold Sharp’s hockey bag. He will start to look really good then.

    Next step:
    Sign Kruger
    Trade/Buyout Bickel
    Wait for the phone to ring

  5. Those highlights show some pretty high-end skill playing against good teams. Looks like excellent speed, very good hands and a strong lower body.

    Larry – wow, quite a post – Who is the smaller center that we traded for? – Anisimov is 6’4, 200 lbs and while I wish Paliotta wasn’t in the deal, he clearly isn’t the #1 d-man in the system. In fact, he isn’t likely in the top 4 on the right hand side alone (TVR, Johns, Pokka).

  6. Drew Stafford signs for $4.4m per year for two years, teams are supposedly tripping over themselves to sign Matt Beleskey for big $$ – I can’t believe that Sharp won’t draw some decent interest in the next few days.

  7. I just realized we may have a problem….what if both Marko Dano and Philip Danault are on the team next season?!

    Larry, you need to take a second look. The smaller center you speak of is Anisimov…the dude is 6’4″. You and Shaq must see eye to eye. As far as having little faith in Johns and other dmen on the farm…I completely disagree. The depth of D prospects in Rockford is why Paliotta was expendable.

    I don’t want to toot my own horn, but when they burned Paliotta’s first year I had a feeling he would be traded. Especially after he was sent home. He wasn’t going to sign but Stan was able to give him something other teams couldn’t and that was the first year burned. In return the Hawks would move him and get something of value.

    Saad is a hell of a two way player. Hossa clone he is not however. His 3 years in the Nhl he has posted .58,.60, and .63 ppg. Despite playing with all world players like 81and 19. Dano scored .60 ppg while not having linemates of the same caliber. Oh btw, both players played their rookie year in their age 20 season.

  8. Still wondering when Bowman might get a little credit. Makes you wonder if he and Crawford ever get together and trade stories.

  9. Great write up and video Tab.

    My hope is that people realize Dano is as good or better then any first rounder you can hope to get. Take the 3 other players and the 4th rounder and this for me is far better then taking 3 picks

  10. more painfully stupid from Larry…

    By Larry’s logic, draft picks in 2016 are more known commodities than a 20 year old under team control for 2 more years who can help you immediately after losing a key player.

    Good stuff, Larry. Which brand of glue are you sniffing before commenting?

  11. Larry is a meatball. One of many meatballs who apparently do not understand that the Hawks cannot afford under ANY circumstance to grant Saad a $6.5 M per year deal. When Saad said no to a bridge contract his tenure in Chicago was done. And guess what Larry, Bowman did a nice job with this deal given the circumstances. And guess what also Larry, Sharp and Bickell still need to go to make the money situation work. The Hawks were a victim of the salary cap and team(s) prepared to offer Saad an astronomical offer sheet. I got to tell you Larry, I’m sick of the meatballs and the bandwagoner meatballs and the sh!t stupid meatballs like yourself who flunked 6th grade math class. Take some more hockey and mathematical lessons Larry. Then get back to us.

  12. Wow..great video…from the looks of things Anisimov and Dano are kinda dynamite together, …thats 2/3 of a line right there…throw in TT or a Panarin and bingo, bango, boingo!

  13. Rufus, I gave my lines in the saad trade post. I was assuming Kruger would get 3…probably high. And assumed the Hawks signed Desjardins at 1.5 and did away with 29 and 23. I was absent a 3rd pair left defenseman but I think I factored in Rundblad. WWithmy lines the cap hit would have been 70.2. Sharp can stay. All depends what the return is. I suspect he stays

  14. If Saad was really seeking north of $6m it could never work even if we had the cap space. He would have been the 3rd highest paid player on the team – higher than Keith, Hossa and Seabrook. That doesn’t work.

    What will be interesting is if he signs for a lot less than what the agent was seeking (like Dougie Hamilton). I wonder if some of these agents are overplaying their hand a bit.

  15. Wow – Sharks just signed Martin Jones for $9m over three years – a goalie who had played in 30 some NHL games. How about someone saying “Nice Job Stan” for the signing of Scott Darling…..

  16. Stan Bowman has managed this team brilliantly. My goodness the Hawks were gutted after the 2010 Cup yet three years later were back to win another Cup. And while we may be facing a couple years of transition in some sense, I have all the faith in the world that Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarrson and Crow are going to hoist another Cup before it’s over for them. Meanwhile Saad got the big money and can be content apparently in Columbus on a team where the demands on his game and the pressure he shall face will be greater. He’s an excellent talent, but he is not the young Hossa we all liked to label him as. Hossa was a top 5 player in hockey at Saad’s age. Hossa is a first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the all time great two way players in this game. Saad isn’t that. Nor will he be. And with no Toews and Hossa as linemates in Columbus he is going to be pinched to death. Again, he is an excellent talent and his game likely will improve with more experience. I wish him well. Maybe Saad and Leddy can grab beers to watch the Hawks continue to go deep in the playoffs once the Isles and Jackets get tossed early. Neither club is really on a realistic path to true Cup contention.

  17. No matter how you look at it, it all goes back to not dumping Sharp last year when his value was highest. Perhaps there would have been enough $$ to sign Saad before we got ourselves boxed into this corner…and if we ended up in the same spot anyway, at least we’d still have Leddy and have our top 4 D set for next year. Dano may end up a helluva player but in two years, we’ll be in the same situation with him anyway. Understanding why we had to make the deal doesn’t make it hurt any less.

  18. …………still in denial about Saad…… trade…..hard to believe that Blackhawks keep trading away their first round draft picks and young players after years of development and training in their system……oh well double or nothing… long as we keep winning…….who’s next?…..

  19. Yes, I’m sure the Obits are already being written, but to borrow from Mark Twain “reports of the Hawks death have been greatly exaggerated”. No matter what you think of the Saad trade, don’t allow yourself to be pulled down into the muck of the false sincerity and snickered gloating of those who revel in other’s pain. We’re Cup champs and even after losing a players like Saad – they are not. Buck it up boys and circle the wagons. It’s us against them and it’s time to chose a side – are you with the stout hearted champions or are you one of the weak kneed mob looking to pick at carrion bones?

  20. ER and RTF – well said! Enough of the woulda, shoulda, coulda. There are 29 other teams that would love to have our problems.

  21. Well the Hawks have some young talent next year-with Panarin, TT and Dano. Add Baun and Johns-it will be fun.
    if anyone is still really angry, blame R.T.F– he brought up Morin’s name before the trade.

  22. Nick Leddy was and would have remained a third pairing defenseman on the Hawks. You don’t pay a guy like that what he got paid by the Islanders that kind of money to be a third pairing guy and make the cap work and win another Stanley Cup. There is a money logic attached to each and every roster spot on this team. You can’t violate it or the consequences are far greater than having to say goodbye to a good young talent in Leddy or a very good young talent in Saad. The money logic of your three franchise players in Toews, Kane and Keith being paid what they are being paid has consequences fhat the math challenged among us can’t grasp. Another example? I want nothing more than Oduya back but it cannot happen because he’s going to get the Kings or somebody else to give him $5 M per.

  23. Aah Rufus nice to have you back telling us all that we know nothing just like you did when you said the Hawks were done done done due to their defensive shortcomings.
    Funny you didn’t have much faith at all in these guys just 2 months ago. Now you have all the faith in the world. It’s like the hamburger calling the meatball brown.

  24. Morin is either traded or back to being on the Rockford shuttle. I don’t see his game all of a sudden improving. It didn’t in Columbus on a LW starved club. Of course a very scary thing to consider is that Morin “could” have a key job by default if all your LW’s end up being gone. Saad is gone. At least one of and probably both of Sharp and Bickell are gone. Desjardins will be sadly too expensivez. Hmmm.

  25. Wow…just came in and opened up CI…had no idea of the Saad news. After I picked myself up off the floor and did some reading here and on I can see what the situation was. Sorry to see the Manchild go but Jr had no choice. Is there any news or even rumor on where the alleged offer sheet was going to come from?

    Have to also chime in with the others regarding this Larry clown…get lost please.

    Kruger is a must signing now…Anisimov will help the Panarin transition for sure.

    Wow…hard to stomach as this was out of left field.

    Let’s give this some time…how different the boys will look next year.

  26. I think SB did well given the circumstances. Saad refused the bridge contract that the Hawks require before committing $6m per year. There is no way that he is worth more than Keith, Seabrook, and Hossa are getting. SB has rebuilt the team twice in 5 years to SC champs. We will have another SC long before Saad ever sees another one (if ever).

  27. looking at Dano fight for loose change in front of net… eerily similar in size and grit to Zach Parise ??? one can only hope he skates as well!!!

    Guy looks like a pitbull- with hands

  28. I am feeling many mixed emotions on this trade, clearly my 1st emotion was shock, disappointment and now acceptance. It appears that Stan did well in this move. After hearing SB & Jarmo post trades comments I have new thoughts.

    Clearly Stan has really values Artem Anismov and according to Jarmo SB has tried to trade for him numerous times. SB feels he is a 2nd line center and looks at him as a long term fit. I trust SB has done the homework on this player.

    As for Dano by all accounts he is a dynamic prospect. He also contributed last season at a pretty good pace after being called up. Jarmo did not want to move him Jacket fans did not want to part with him.

    However, Saad is a proven game breaker during the bright lights and at only 22 has already been there and done that. It still sucks to lose a player that IMO has been the Hawks best drafted player since Kane. I assumed Saad number was going to start w a 5 I never thought it would be a 6. Its extremely disappointing that Saad is not longer a Hawk.

  29. Interesting that Columbus had an ugly negotiation with Johansen last year that resulted in a 3 year $12m deal. I can’t imagine he will be very happy if Saad gets significantly more than that.

    Wall – Interesting comparison to Parise – Anywhere close would be a huge win.

  30. After having a couple hours to recover from the kick to the chimes delivered earlier today, and a healthy belt of Buffalo Trace, this trade doesn’t look so bad. I guess I have to pile on Larry too. Larry, Larry, Larry. Antoine Vermette delivered three game-winning goals in the playoffs. He solidified the center position (The reason the Blackhawks did not win the Stanley Cup in ’14), was dominant at the dot, and played excellent two hockey, on the way to a Stanley Cup Championship. For that, SB gave up the last pick in the first round of the draft, and a defenseman that wasn’t going to play for Q. My sources tell me that Bowman started negotiations by offering a 9th round draft pick in 2028 and a licensed, insured Zamboni driver, but Maloney didn’t bite. Larry, Larry, Larry.

  31. i’ve been successfully walked off the ledge. I saw Morin’s name and I freaked out. Thanks guys. It does look pretty good now, I just couldn’t see the larger cap logic and didn’t know anything about Dano.

  32. Steve, “No matter how you look at it, it all goes back to not dumping Sharp last year when his value was highest.” – really? Going into this year Sharp was coming off of a 82GP 34G 44A 78PTS +13 10PPG season. Who knew he would have a down year? And, coming into this season, Stan Bowman obviously realized the impending Cap forced changes and committed to one last shot at a Cup with this core – “Mission Accomplished”.

    Personally, I hope SB is able to move Sharp for a decent return (not relevant, but the Kings overpaid for Lucic…so, a deal may be out there), as well as relocating Bickell and Versteeg without retaining too much $ – that would create some flexibility.

  33. Very dynamic player that Dano, and hopefully he will blossom with some HOFs. I hope Q gives him some time with the top line like he did Saad and i can only imagine his production vs. Columbus.

    Now to indulge on the cuts but how much in penalties would it cost if to say we were to buyout steeger and/or Bickell. Has there been any rumors? It just seems that no teams are interested in any of these players based on my known resources. and makes you wonder how much SB will lower the expectations for sharp trades. I saw that rumored trade from Dallas, and I would’ve put some serious thought into that now that the draft is over and since we have a first and 3rd rd pick next year.

    Signing Kruger will become more important. Any idea on what that # will have to be pending the expected trades. I read the earlier post with the line predictions. Any idea who would center that third line if not TT?

  34. Saad already is a great player and will have a fine career. But I am more than fine with this trade. We got a fantastic return even with the salary cap pointing its gun to our head.

    This is excellent work by the front office. We lost an excellent young player, gained a potentially-excellent, cheaper, and even younger player, and added a very rare big center.

    Even better, now we have options. 10 can stick around. Put him on the top two lines, not the third, and watch him produce again. 23 can stick around. He has been huge in crunch time. Just dump Bickell and I think the math works out.

    Our forward lines are deep, young, fast, and extremely skilled. I really think that if half of our young unproven players perform up to potential, we are a #4 Dman away from another killer roster.

  35. As I wrote when the new broke I always thought Saad had to accept a bridge deal or else.
    I repeat myself: The Saad trade isn’t the problem for the Hawks…the real problem is not trading at least 2 between Sharp, Bickell, Versteeg. Trade those and resign Kruger, Shaw and Seabrook… and you’re gold.

    Saad was my favorite Blackhawk, but you can always find another young gun who’s goona get it done on the Toews-Hossa line. This Dano kid looks like the perfect option here.
    The Anisimov pick also makes sense because of the need at Center and a russian presence for tutoring Panarin.

    I mean I wouldn’t have any problems with this version of lines

    Penarin-Anisimov-1 of Sharp-Bickell-Versteeg

    Are you fucking kidding me ? This has cup run written all over it if those new comers are decent instead of world beaters.

    But you have to trade 2 of those 3. At least. If they don’t you’ll never hear the end of it.

    PS: My plan this week was to re watch the Finals with the Canadian coverage. How can I do it now…seeing Saad over there getting it done ? Damn it.

  36. Ty
    TT can’t play Center. He’s similar in body with Kane. He’ll get killed out there. Plus, he’s already awesome at wing.
    I see Anisimov as the 3rd line C because I imagine a line with the 2 russians on it and I don’t think Kane will be forced there with them. Q likes to give Kane different looks, different guys, play with it.

  37. Ok- so cutting to the brass tax of it all…. Losing Saad sucks. Period. Nothing else to say on that. Obviously the Hawks got painted into a corner by the other GMs in the league and rash moves had to be made. Paliotta/Broadhurst are good kids, but were absolutely expendable in a deal.

    So to the return we got…
    If the 6.5M Offer sheet rumor is true, that would have been a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 2016- Meaning likely no one that would impact the roster until the 17-18 or 18-19 season. Doing the deal gets us players who can help the hawks THIS YEAR! I like Anisimov. Big body in the prime of his career. will effectively replace Vermette while playing Russian buddy for Panarin on the 3rd line. Dano is a another good kid. not big, but not exactly small either. And Hossa plays Slovakian buddy for him too. The 3rd line could very well be Panarin-Anisimov-Dano. Morin and Troop are throw ins to be the cheap healthy scratches every night. This deal was about keeping in contention NOW… which I cant blame bowman for that.

    Sure in hind sight, I’d like to see Crow moved out and Saad get 5.75M, but we cant live in yesterday. It sucks, but gotta move on in the Cap world.

    11-16- (23 or 39)

    Thats what i would assume we are looking at next year. I can dig it, although i still cant shake this feeling of “suckness” from this whole offseason. Talk about taking the winds out of the sails from the cup. I know we have lost other guys after the other cups, but this feels the worst.

    Here’s to going Back to Back. Strap in fellas, gunna be a long ride next year.

  38. I’m really liking what I’ve seen so far of Dano so far. The kid is very strong on his skates. He is constantly working and not afraid to get dirty and play with some physicality. He controls the puck extremely well when in “tight areas”. Makes excellent tape to tape passes with what looks like a hard heavy shot on the one timer that he seems to like.
    If I may Tab.
    Check out more of Dano’s highlights.

  39. re: dumdum – if you think Teravainen can’t play center, you should probably talk to Quenneville. He said at the draft that he liked him there

  40. Thanks Tab, I feel better already. Shocker but when you sit back and look at all the scenarios it seems SB did the best he could. Is Saad staying in Columbus or will someone still send him an offer sheet that Columbus will not match? Have to believe Columbus must be willing to pay up or they wouldn’t have made the move.
    I still hope we can move Sharp and Bickell, free up some cap room and add a veteran dman for the third pair.
    At least this board will be buzzing during this summer.

  41. Tab-
    Yeah… my amateur opinion (really, really amateurish) is that he won’t play C. How can you play C in the NFL while having Patrick Kane’s body ? It’s slow death.
    Plus he’s a potential difference maker on the wing.

    PS: I don’t think Quenneville said that. He was more like… we’ll try him there, he’s responsible defensively, we only have Toews at C signed and I’m trying to manage the lack of C depth issue as we’re trying to get people signed there while dealing with extreme an cap situation.

    My view on things, mind you… incredibly amateurish that’s for sure.

  42. That Dano kid is clearly a player who’s going to thrive with the Blackhawks and under Hossa’s tutelage. If you’re decent you’ll soon become great on a Yoews-hoosa line. If you’re good, you’ll become great.

    My question is…how good Anisimov is. I’ve never watched him with attention.

  43. I live outside of Chi and get the Blue Jacket cable broadcasts. Watch quite a few. The final 3 or 4 weeks of the season, this Dano kid looked like the real deal. Speed, hands, physical, and a nose for the net. He should fit in well. And he is only 21.

    Anisimov also improved his offensive contributions as the season went on, but IMO he is a 3C. Big guy with average offense, but works well if he is paired with speed on wing.

    I hope to see a lot of Kane, Tevo, Panarin, and Dano combos this season if the latter 2 break camp. These 4 are going to be exciting to watch (and painful at times too). But Q will probably play Anisimov quite a bit on that 2 line because of his experience.

  44. Tough to lose Saad….but he is not worth $4,650/minute to play in 2016. Something to think about.

  45. Ok, I slept off the original shock. Saad who? Everyone is replaceable. The team will be younger next year and hopefully faster. I hope Anisimov can win draws. I like his size. Whoever coached Kruger to improve him at the dot can spend some time with AA. We need to add another center and an experienced Dman and I am actually excited about next year. It will be nice to see several new names. I just pray that TVR and Johns are not injury prone, especially Johns. I think he develops into a stud dman.

    Dano looks offensively like and more skillful, physical, and younger Saad. I don’t know about him on the d side of the puck. Saad was dependable there. But the new kid looks to have some great potential.

    Great job Bowman. Let’s get some more moves done to round out another competitive Stanley Cup challenging team.

  46. Gloom and doom Chicago fans, tolling the bell before their dead.

    It had to happen and we came out with some great talent at a good price. Let’s see what happens with Kruger though. Possibly a similar scenario.

  47. There has been some high comedy in this thread …

    Chev with the “That’s like the hamburger calling the meatball brown”

    Zebra Greg with the “Have to chime in with the others on this Larry clown … get lost please”

    And San Diego Nick with “Larry, Larry, Larry. I have to pile on Larry too.”

    Ahaaa-ha-haaaaa! Great stuff …

  48. I can’t wait to see the 3 on 3 overtime when we have Kane, TT and Panarin on the ice!! How about Toews, Hossa and Keith. How about Anisimov, Dano and Kane. How about Kane, Hossa and Dano. How about Hossa, Panarin and Anisimov. How about TT, Kane and Hossa.

    Holy “2 Stanley Cups in a row Batman”!!!

    If this all works out, I bet Q has 10 pieces of paper on his desk with 2000 line combinations on them!!

  49. One last comment on this thread, In response to the TT as center debate. The name that Scotty Bowman used in comparison for TT was Pavel Datsyuk. I’m just going to leave that there. Glad to be of service Hof!

  50. Dano is already better than Saad was at the same age. If you project out what he’ll be like at 22 it should exceed what Saad is right now. Great trade. Only problem is that if he does reach that level in 2 years he’ll be an RFA and we may have to go through the same situation we did with Saad. Hopefully he won’t be as selfish and Hossa’s influence will help him stay with the Blackhawks.

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