The Chicago Blackhawks appear to be welcoming newcomer Marko Dano with open arms.
Acquired in the blockbuster offseason deal that sent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 20-year-old Dano began training camp by being placed on a stacked line with fellow Slovak Marian Hossa and captain Jonathan Toews.
“That's the lottery spot when you get to play on that line,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers.
Dano paid immediate dividends in one scrimmage this weekend by scoring three goals.
The 27th overall selection of the 2013 draft, Dano collected eight tallies and 13 assists in 35 games with the Blue Jackets last season. The 5-foot-11, 178 pounder was acquired a seven-player deal on July 1 that saw forwards Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp join Chicago for Saad, fellow forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta.
Dano would love to duplicate the success of Saad, who set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games with the Blackhawks last season.