Boston Bruins Assign Top Offensive Prospect Ryan Donato To Providence
On Thursday the Boston Bruins announced that the team had assigned forward Ryan Donato to the AHL Providence Bruins.
Donato who is only 22-years-old is one of the teams top offensive prospects and appeared in 11 games this season for Boston with only one goal to his credit.
The 2018 Holby Baker Memorial Award finalist left Harvard after his junior season to play for Boston in the 2017-18 season where he appeared in 12 regular season games recording five goals and four assists for 9 points and added three postseason games to his young resume.
Donato at Harvard scored 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in only 29 games in his junior season surpassing his previous career highs of 21 goals, 19 assists, and 40 points despite playing in seven fewer games. Donato played for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea where he lite the hockey world on fire.
In appearing in all five of Team USA’s games he finished for a tie for the most goals in the Olympics with five and lead all American players with six points.
Donato who hails from Scituate was selected by the Bruins in the second round back in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft. As for his future with the team and in the NHL, while his start to this season has been less than ideal it is clear that he needs time in the AHL to develop after many thought he was ready after bursting onto the Olympic scene then following it up with a solid NHL debut last season for Boston.