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Jets claim Marko Dano off waivers from Colorado

23-year-old forward has been assigned to the Manitoba Moose

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Prior to their afternoon match-up with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, the Winnipeg Jets claimed Marko Dano off waivers.

The 23-year-old Dano started the season with the Jets, but didn't see any game action before the club put the forward on waivers Oct. 15, where he was claimed by the Colorado Avalanche.

Dano played eight games with Colorado, but thanks to today's waiver claim, Dano is back in the Jets organization.

He'll be assigned to the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose.

"We like him as a player, we like the depth, especially with Kristian (Vesalainen) opting to return to Europe," said head coach Paul Maurice. "We have another NHL ready player in our system."

Dano played 23 games for the Jets in the 2017-18 season, and since coming to Winnipeg in 2015-16, he's accumulated 10 goals and 24 points in 88 games in a Jets jersey.

Despite not getting in the line-up regularly, Dano's professionalism stands out to Maurice.

"That would be a big piece of why we wanted to have him back," said Maurice. "We know the character, we know how he handles himself during difficult times. That's part of that job is to be ready, and he was all year last year. He fits our culture."

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