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Fantasy Summary

He has a unique package of vision, size and skating that is a very tantalizing mixture. If he’s able to work out consistency issues he could end up as a middle-six option, similar to Kevin Hayes, down the road.


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December 2021 – Hoping to generate better production, Donovan’s University of Wisconsin coaches moved him off the wing this season, giving him increased ice time at center. Unfortunately, his scoring totals have not moved much (1G, 2A over 16 contests), nearly mirroring his sophomore 2020-21 output (2G, 1A in 24 games). Having increased his muscle-mass in the offseason while focusing on honing a more controlled game, the Minnesota native has reduced his penalty minutes this campaign (16 PIM after racking up 40 PIM in 2020-21). He still shows developmental promise, but as a Badger, Donovan has yet to display the high school scoring touch that inspired VGK to select him with 110th overall draft pick in 2019. Kevin Wickersham 


July 2019 – Donovan dominated play at the high school level where he spent most of the 2018-19 season but was unable to apply those same skills in the USHL, where he picked up only a single assists in nine regular season games, and another in five playoff games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. That’s probably a large reason why he stock dropped so much over the course of the season where he was originally pegged as a late first round selection. He has an intriguing package of size, speed and vision that separates many players apart from their peers. However, Donovan was inconsistent in using that combination which dropped him into the fourth round before Vegas eventually selected him with the 110th overall pick. He will be joining the University of Wisconsin in the fall and hopefully be able to translate some of the skill he displayed at the high school level.  Mason Black

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 4, 2000
Height 6‘3”
Weight 191 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 4; Overall: 110


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Duluth East HighUSHS-MN21 1 23 2|Playoffs3 0 00
  Duluth East HighMN State3 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 MN Devils 15U AAAMNBEL 14U16 2 1113 -|        
  Duluth East HighUSHS-MN24 3 36 16|Playoffs3 0 11
 2016-2017 B16 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-163 0 00 -|        
  Team Kowalski's UMHSEHL21 2 1113 8|Playoffs3 0 00
  Duluth East HighUSHS-MN24 10 2030 12|Playoffs3 1 23
 2017-2018 Team Gold USA-S175 2 24 -|        
  Duluth East HighMN State3 0