With the final pick in the first round for the Blue Jackets, they selected Marko Dano at #27, Center from Bratislava of the KHL. Here is a quick look at his stats and what he brings to the Blue Jackets line-up:
37 games played
CBJ Today Blog describes Dano;
He finished 12th on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for international skaters, and is regarded as a strong two-way player with good hockey instincts. Dano is listed as a natural center and played in the middle of the ice during the World Junior.
During an interview with the media at the Draft, Dano describes how he plays and talks about the future;
I think I’m a two-way player with good hockey sense and I play well on defense and also the offense. So I can play a hard game – I play against men in the KHL so I’m tough I think. I’m not very (tall), but I have good puck skill and good passes, so I think I’m a play maker
Q: If you were to come to Columbus for training camp and they thought you needed more seasoning and wanted you to play in Springfield in the AHL, would you say yes or would you go back to KHL?
MD: I think I would say yes.
As you can see from the highlight reel, Dano was a standout for Slovaki at the 2013 World Junior Championship. His stats in the tournament were 9 points (4+5) in 6 games played. I am not going to lie, I was a little surprised by this draft selection, but after watching the highlight reel and reading about him I am not that surprised. I guess we will have to see, and keep saying “In JD and Jarmo We Trust!”