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Blackhawks forward Dano one of eight sent to AHL

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Right wing Marko Dano, acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Brandon Saad trade, was one of eight players sent to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Friday.

The 20-year-old forward had one assist and seven shots on goal in three preseason games. He had eight goals and 21 points in 35 games with the Blue Jackets last season.

"He's a young player," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, according to CSNChicago.com. "He had a decent camp and he was ordinary in a couple of games. We want him getting pace into his game and getting our system in tune to his game. We just want him playing. There are a lot of guys who were in the same boat. We sent a lot of guys who were competing for the same opportunities here who, down the road, can play. Right now, get playing and hopefully they're the first ones to get back."

Also sent to the AHL were forwards Ryan Hartman, Vincent Hinostroza, Brandon Mashinter, Dennis Rasmussen and Garret Ross, and defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Ville Pokka.

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