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Fantasy Spin: Jets' Dano seizing opportunity

Dual-eligible forward in Winnipeg's top six; 3 percent owned

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Forward Marko Dano has a much better opportunity to stick in a top-six role with the Winnipeg Jets than he did with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dano (C/RW, 3 percent owned in Yahoo) had two goals, one assist, four shots on goal and two hits Monday at the Vancouver Canucks, marking the third time in four games he's scored at least one point. He got off to a quiet start offensively and had a suspect plus-minus (minus-7) in his first eight games since being traded to the Jets and recalled from the American Hockey League, but rebounded with a plus-3 against the Canucks.

His role was in flux with the Blackhawks and his performance (two points in 13 games) prior to being assigned to the AHL reflected as such. Now, with Winnipeg, Dano has benefited from playing mostly on the second line with Mathieu Perreault and Alex Burmistrov by scoring five points in nine games. After barely seeing any power-play minutes with Chicago, he's averaging 1:59 per game in those situations and played 2:07 with the man advantage Monday.

The 21-year-old is still without a power-play point in his NHL career, but could do some damage in that regard with 13 games left on Winnipeg's regular-season schedule. It's also worth noting that Dano finished strong for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, scoring 14 points in his final 15 games.

If you're in a fantasy hits league, Dano should be added now considering he has 132 in his first 57 games.

Continue to monitor Dano, who's in the second year of his entry-level contract, in keeper formats because he expects to factor into the Jets' present and future top-six mix. If you're in a deep league and need short-term scoring help, Dano is one of the least-owned top-six forwards in the NHL right now.

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