Ryan Donato
Ryan Donato
25-Year-Old CenterC
Seattle Kraken
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Sharks aren't exactly loaded with offensive depth, which makes their decision to not issue Donato a qualifying offer at the end of last season all the more baffling. Donato hasn't developed into the player many expected during his standout career at Harvard, but he's still just 25 years old and has posted at least 20 points in three straight seasons. Donato won't change the course of any franchise, but he's certainly worth a look on a rebuilding team. The fact he's remained unsigned late into the summer and has already played for three organizations (San Jose, Minnesota, Boston) at such a young age doesn't bode well for his NHL future. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Kraken in September of 2021.
Inks deal with Kraken
CSeattle Kraken
September 12, 2021
Donato signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with Seattle on Sunday, per CapFriendly.
ANALYSIS
Donato tallied six goals and 20 points in 50 games with San Jose last season but was not issued a qualifying offer this offseason. The 25-year-old forward has scored 77 points in 180 career NHL games and should compete for a role in Seattle's bottom six. Once he suits up for the Kraken, it will be his fourth NHL team in five seasons.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:37
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:43
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
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2019–20
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Donato's first and only full year in Minnesota saw him produce 23 points in 62 games, a far cry from the 16 points in 22 contests he mustered in 2018-19 after he was traded from the Bruins. Donato was then flipped again to the Sharks, where he joins a team in the middle of a rebuild. The 24-year-old forward will have the inside track for a top-six job entering 2020-21, and that means he'll either be flanking Logan Couture or Tomas Hertl. Both could do wonders for Donato's numbers, but a lot remains to be seen about his abilities. The second-round pick from 2014 is likely worth a late-round pick in deeper formats.
Donato made an immediate impact with his new team after he was traded from Boston for Charlie Coyle in late February. In 22 games for the Wild last season, he put up four goals and 16 points while averaging 15:32 of ice time in that span. More telling for future success with Minnesota, he averaged just under two minutes of power-play time. Donato has yet to flash pure goal-scoring ability in his first 68 games in the NHL, but his crafty hands make him a threat to appear on the scoresheet every other game. The 23-year-old faces a logjam at wing currently, but the Wild seem to value Donato as part of their future plans, suggesting he'll get every opportunity to be successful.
Donato, who turned in a stellar performance for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics, also saw his efforts at Harvard last season recognized when he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, presented annually to the NCAA's best college hockey player. On top of that, Donato got his first taste of NHL action, logging five goals and nine points in 12 games down the regular-season stretch. In the process, Donato showed plenty of upside on offense, while displaying energy, solid wheels and a dangerous shot that he's not afraid to let go. While nothing will be handed to him this season, it's not hard to imagine the 22-year-old securing top-six work up front in his first full campaign as a pro.
The 2014 second-round pick, who showed well at the Bruins' development camp this summer, will now look to establish himself at the NCAA level after a 2014-15 season in which he played for several teams, including the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. While the 19-year-old Donato is no immediate threat to crack the Bruins lineup, down the road he projects as a solid two-way player at the pro level, given his scoring instincts and hockey IQ.
Donato - the son of former Bruin Ted Donato - was selected by Boston with the 56th-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s a few years away from a shot with the big club though, with another season of high school hockey (at Dexter School in Brookline, Mass) or a stint with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League on tap for him in 2014-15.
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No qualifying offer coming
CFree Agent
Undisclosed
July 26, 2021
Donato (undisclosed) will not be issued a qualifying offer by San Jose and will become an unrestricted free agent, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
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Will miss season finale
CSan Jose Sharks
Undisclosed
May 12, 2021
Donato (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup Wednesday against Vegas.
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Game-time call Wednesday
CSan Jose Sharks
Undisclosed
May 11, 2021
Donato (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's season finale against the Golden Knights, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
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Back at it
CSan Jose Sharks
April 30, 2021
Donato (lower body) will return to action Friday against Colorado, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
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Still sidelined
CSan Jose Sharks
Lower Body
April 28, 2021
Donato (lower body) will miss a second straight game Wednesday against Arizona, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
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