SAINT PAUL, Minn.- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Ryan Donato to a two-year, $3.8 million contract.
Donato, 23 (4/9/96), notched 16 points (4-12=16) including six multi-point games and 64 shots on goal in 22 contests with Minnesota after being acquired from the Boston Bruins along with a fourth round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Charlie Coyle on Feb. 20, 2019. The 6-foot, 181-pound native of Boston, Mass., led NHL rookies in scoring from Feb. 21 and ranked T-2nd in shots per game (2.5) and seventh in shots on goal (139) in 2018-19. Donato recorded five points (2-3=5) in three games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) and added six points (2-4=6) in 11 Calder Cup playoff games with Iowa. He led team rookies in playoff scoring. He also tallied nine points (6-3=9) in 34 games with the Boston Bruins and 12 points (7-5=12) in 18 AHL games with the Providence Bruins. Donato owns 34 points (15-19=34) in 68 career NHL games with Boston and Minnesota and 17 points (9-8=17) in 21 career AHL contests.
The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Boston, Mass., collected 104 points (60-44=104) in 97 career games with Harvard University in three seasons (2015-18). He was a finalist for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey. The left-shot forward was also named to the 2017 ECAC Second All-Team, 2018 ECAC First All-Star Team, 2018 ECAC Player of the Year and to the 2018 NCAA East First All-American Team during his tenure with Harvard.
Donato registered nine points (5-4=9) in 12 matches with the Bruins during the 2017-18 campaign after signing a two-year contract with Boston on March 18, 2018. He was selected by the Bruins in the second round (56th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, 2018 at Washington. Donato has also represented the United States twice in international competition. He was a member of the bronze-medal winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, collecting four points (3-1=4) in seven games. Donato led the United States in goals and scoring (5-1=6) at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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