Ryan Donato-Center, Harvard Crimson
Like fellow prospect Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Donato has NHL bloodlines (father Ted played 796 NHL games and over 500 with Boston). The younger Donato currently plays for his father at Harvard and has made great strides in his sophomore season. The Scituate native currently has 9 goals and 17 points in just 14 games for the Crimson, as he has nearly equaled last season’s numbers in less than half as many games.
With silky mitts, a dogged work ethic, and a coach’s son’s attention to detail, Donato is the real deal. Already a solid two-way center, the 20-year-old will only get better with time. Expect another season (or two) at Harvard before Donato makes the leap.