The Seattle Kraken continues to have a busy inaugural offseason as they brought in yet another free agent forward. Ryan Donato joins the team on a one-year contract worth 750 Thousand dollars. The Kraken will be Donato’s fourth team in as many years as he has bounced around a considerable amount after being traded by the Boston Bruins at the 2019 NHL deadline. Hopefully, Donato can finally settle down and find success in a bottom-six role with the Kraken and maybe reach the potential that he was thought to have had when he left Harvard of the NCAA.
Ryan Donato Career Overview
Donato’s journey to the NHL started when the Boston Bruins selected him 56th overall at the 2014 NHL draft. The local kid attended Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts. He lit up the scoreboard for the Crimson as he scored 21 goals to go along with his 19 assists in 36 games as a sophomore. In his junior campaign, he saw more success as he deposited 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in just 29 games. He left Harvard at the conclusion of the collegiate season to join the Boston Bruins for 12 games. He looked like a budding superstar in his first 12 games with his hometown team. Scoring five goals and four assists he instantly became a fan favorite and promise for better things to come in Beantown.
The following year he played 34 disappointing games for the Bruins. He scored just six goals and three assists. He was traded to the Minnesota Wild in the Charlie Coyle traded. To finish the season, Donato played 22 games for the Wild scoring four goals and 12 assists.
The next season was just his second full season in the NHL and a first full season with the Minnesota Wild. In the Covid shortened season Donato produced decently well as he scored 14 goals and nine assists in 62 games. Obviously, the new general manager Bill Guerin did not agree and shipped him to the San Jose Sharks in the offseason.
In his lone season with the Sharks Donato played in 50 games scoring six goals and getting 14 assists for 20 points. Sharks general manager did not think Donato played well enough to earn the tender that would have paid him over two million dollars leading him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Where Will Ryan Donato Play?
Obviously, we have no idea exactly where any of the new Seattle Kraken players will slot into the lineup but we can assume from the small-cap hit and how late this contract was agreed upon that Ryan Donato will most likely be playing on the Kraken third or fourth line on opening night. Of course, if Donato finds the same level of success he had in his first 12 games with the Bruins or with the Harvard Crimson then Seattle will find a way to move him up in the lineup to get him some more ice time. This is a low-risk high-reward contract for both Ryan Donato or the Seattle Kraken. If Donato finds success this season then he will be in a good position to earn a more lucrative and longer-term contract but if he disappoints the Kraken will not be married to him since it is only a one-year contract worth small money.
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