The Minnesota Wild made another major move Wednesday night ahead of the trade deadline, dealing versatile forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick.
While losing Coyle stings, Donato brings plenty of upside to Minnesota.
From his rise as a dominant scorer at Harvard, to his surprising star turn in Pyeongchang, get to know the newest member of the Wild.
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Local college hockey fans should know Donato pretty well, if not from personal experience, then certainly by reputation. A point-per-game player in three seasons at Harvard -- where his father, Ted, is head coach -- Donato was among the most effective scorers in the NCAA last season. He had 21 goals in 26 games during his abbreviated junior campaign, leading the nation with 0.91 goals per game. He made his NHL debut March 19, just three days after Harvard's season ended in the semifinals of the ECAC tournament, scoring on a blistering one-timer during a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Donato was named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in men's college hockey, just over a week later, on March 29.
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He missed a few games during his final season at Harvard, but had a pretty solid excuse. Then 21, Donato was one of just four college players named to Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics, joining former St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen, former Denver forward Troy Terry and current Wild teammate Jordan Greenway, then of Boston University. Donato stood out on a squad stocked with veterans out of Europe and the KHL, leading the tournament with five goals in five games, tied with Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk and Kirill Kaprizov, himself a Wild prospect. Donato was a key contributor on the power play, scoring three goals.
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Donato has twice followed in his father's footsteps, first at Harvard, and then in the NHL. Ted Donato, 48, played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL, mostly as a member of the Bruins, following a four-year Crimson career. Harvard's head coach since 2004, the elder Donato coached two of his sons last season. Jack, Ryan's younger brother, is currently a sophomore.
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Donato's career has slowed down a bit in the wake of his whirlwind junior season. He started the 2018-19 season with Boston, but managed just one goal in his first 11 games, earning his first demotion to the AHL. That first stint with the Providence Bruins provided another glimpse of what Donato can be. He racked up 34 shots on goal in 10 games, registering five goals and four assists before returning to Boston. He was back in the AHL when the trade went down, and had been held to just two goals in eight games.
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The scouting report on Donato is pretty simple: He's a finisher who can play both center and the wing. What he lacks in strength and defensive acumen, he makes up for in offensive ability. Donato started his NHL career last March with five goals in 12 games, even as his ice time fluctuated wildly down the stretch. Considered one of the Bruins' top prospects as recently as last year, Donato has long been a volume shooter. He led the nation with 5.74 shots on goal per game as a junior at Harvard, up from 4.88 shots per game -- second only to Yale's John Hayden -- as a sophomore.
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He practiced with the Wild for the first time Thursday, skating on a line with fellow youngsters Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin. That unit could provide both a glimpse into the Wild's future, and an offensive spark in the present. Kunin and Eriksson Ek have been on fire in recent weeks, and had scored three goals each in five games before the Wild were shut out in back-to-back losses.