Ryan Donato

Minnesota Wild
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Fantasy Summary

Donato’s combination of offensive awareness, powerful shot and patience carrying the puck give him the tools to become an impactful player in the NHL. His game is best suited for a scoring role.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 9, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 2; Overall: 56

Observations

July 2019 – Ryan Donato has signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Minnesota Wild, ending his restricted free agency. The forward came over to the Wild from the Boston Bruins in a trade for Charlie Coyle. He posted six muli-point games in just 22 games with the Wild. He will look to establish himself in the top-six in the upcoming 2019-20 season. –Tony Ferrari

April 2019 – Ever since Donato came to Minnesota in the trade that sent Charlie Coyle to the Bruins, he has flourished. The increased playing time and bigger offensive role have benefited Donato greatly as he’s been able to produce at a high level over the small sample size. He currently has 16 points in 20 games for the Wild. He has been an offensive force, showcasing his strong shot and offensive senses. His playmaking ability has been underrated to this point as he has displayed a knack for finding his teammates in dangerous shooting positions. Donato has a chance to be a true top-six forward next season. A strong summer with a good training program could catapult Donato to a fantastic scoring season in 2019-2020. Tony Ferrari 

February 2019 – Donato has been traded from Boston to Minnesota.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – Since being reassigned to Providence at the end of January, Donato has managed three points through six AHL games while firing an impressive 19 shots on goal. His shooting volume has been his most consistent attribute during his first full season as a pro, and will make him a valuable fantasy asset once he carves out a permanent NHL role. Donato could possibly be offered as a young asset in a deadline trade this year, which might serve as his quickest opportunity for increased NHL ice time. Chris Mazza

December 2018 – Donato was a force during his one month stint with the Providence Bruins, managing five goals and nine points in ten games while firing 34 shots on goal. His impressive month in the minors earned him an early December call-up to Boston, where he has produced four points through 11 games playing primarily on the third line. He is seeing time on the team’s first power-play unit and has continued his high shot volume with 36 since returning to the NHL. The rookie has played much better during his second NHL stretch of this campaign, which should hopefully keep him with the big club for the remained of the year. Chris Mazza

November 2018 – Donato was assigned to the Providence Bruins after a disappointing start to the year with Boston. With high expectations entering the season he had managed just one point through 11 games with the NHL club. He was not seeing significant ice time and had struggled with the defensive aspects of the game. Through five games with Providence, Donato has already produced three goals and four points while playing on the top line. The Bruins will likely want to keep the young forward in the minors for a while as he works to refine his overall game, however he should be one of the first call-ups that Boston makes if they find themselves looking for an offensive spark later this season. Chris Mazza

September 2018 – Donato has impressed the Bruins and head coach Bruce Cassidy in training camp thus far. After proving himself as a capable scoring winger on multiple teams last season (including five goals in five games for the USA Olympic Team), he earned his first NHL contract and a 12-game stint with Boston to end the season. His usage was inconsistent with the Bruins, as his ice time ranged from over 19 minutes to under 12 minutes. He did, however, manage to remain a fixture on the power play, averaging 2:27 on the man advantage each game. Donato is likely to see more consistent playing time on a scoring line for the Bruins to open the season, and has been given opportunities on the first-unit power play during the preseason. He should be looked at as a mid-round fantasy pick entering this season. Chris Mazza

March 2018 – On March 18, 2018, Ryan Donato signed a two-year ELC with the Boston Bruins, forgoing his senior year at Harvard. This season he was a Top Ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, for the best player in the NCAA. He played his first NHL game on March 19, 2018 and finished the game with his first NHL goal, and two assists. He played the night on a line with David Krejci and Danton Heinen. Donato was a noticeable offensive presence the entire game, his IQ is dangerous, and his tenacity should be of concern for opposing defenders. Should he have a few more games with good outputs like his first, he may be worth picking up for the rest of the season. Bruins fans should be excited about this kid. Sid Osmond

January 2018 – After eclipsing the point per game pace in his sophomore year, Donato is having a tremendous junior year with Harvard with 12 goals and 20 points in 12 games. But the biggest feather in his cap in his career to date would be his being named to the USA Olympic Team. Donato fantasy stock is rising fast! Peter Harling

March 2017 – Ryan Donato took more than five shots a game for Harvard University this season. That’s huge. Expect Donato to be taken more seriously as a prospect going forward.   Mike Drover

September 2016 – Ryan Donato isn’t the hottest name in the Bruins prospect system but that could change quickly. Donato has top notch talent and the elite hands required to be an effective pivot in the NHL. For now, Donato will remain with Harvard University where he put up 13 goals and eight assists in 32 games during his freshman year. Expect Donato to get a much larger role with the Crimson in the upcoming season. Donato’s 103 shots (approx. three per game) was third on the team in 2015-2016 and first amongst team freshmen.Mike Drover

June 2014 – The Boston Bruins selected Ryan Donato 56th overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Donato joins a Bruins organization that his father, Ted Donato, played for back during his NHL playing days. Brendan Ross

May 2014 – Ryan Donato is one of many draft eligible players with former NHL fathers. The son of former Boston Bruins forward Ted Donato, Ryan is arguably the top ranked high school player of the 2014 draft class. Committed to Harvard University (where his father coaches), Donato is a hard working centerman who pushes the pace of the game and employs a tenacious forecheck. He is the type of forward who isn’t overly flashy or quick but makes life difficult for opposing defenders because he is always hounding the puck. Donato owns a hard shot and good defensive awareness making him a solid two-way player. Look for Ryan Donato to land somewhere in the first three rounds of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Dexter School USHS-Prep 26 14 22 36 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers U16 MHSL U16 12 6 2 8 4 |          
 2012-2013 Dexter School USHS-Prep 28 29 31 60 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers U16 MHSL U16 12 18 14 32 6 |          
 2013-2014 Dexter School USHS-Prep 30 37 41 78 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers U18 MHSL U18 9 8 9 17 33 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2014-2015 Dexter School USHS-Prep 31 18 35 53 - |          
  South Shore Kings USPHL Premier 13 5 5 10 4 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Omaha Lancers USHL 8 5 5 10 4 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 15 
 2015-2016 Harvard Univ. NCAA 32 13 8 21 26 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 3 1 4 2 |          
 2016-2017 Harvard Univ. NCAA 36 21 19 40 25 |          
 2017-2018 Harvard Univ. NCAA 29 26 17 43 10 |          
  Boston Bruins NHL 12 5 4 9 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  USA OG 5 5 1 6 2 |          
 2018-2019 Boston Bruins NHL 34 6 3 9 2 |          
  Providence Bruins AHL 18 7 5 12 7 |          
  Minnesota Wild NHL 22 4 12 16 4 |          
 2019-2020 Minnesota Wild NHL - - - - - |          

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