Boston Bruins Prospect Update: Harvard’s Ryan Donato

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: Ryan Donato
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: Ryan Donato /

As the NHL season wears on, it’s important to take a look at the organization and the prospects in the pipeline.  Here’s a look at how highly touted Boston Bruins prospect, and Olympian, Ryan Donato is doing.

Throughout the season, the Boston Bruins have seen countless rookies contribute greatly to the big club.  Players like Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Danton Heinen, and Anders Bjork among others have had big impacts on the Bruins season.  With the great pipeline of prosepcts Don Sweeney, Cam Neely and the rest of the front office has drafted, there are sure to be plenty more on their way.

But, I want to take a quick look at one prospect who isn’t playing in Providence at the moment.  He is currently tearing up the ECAC.  That player is Harvard forward Ryan Donato.

Donato is a native of Scituate, MA and was drafted in the 2nd round, #56 overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  Donato is one of the top players in the NCAA and is no stranger to representing his country, playing for the USA in the World Juniors, and he will be heading to South Korea to play for the U.S. in the Olympics.

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AMHERST, MA – DECEMBER 18: Ryan Donato /

To go along with international success, Donato is lighting up the ECAC right now.  In just 21 games, Donato has 20 goals and 9 assists for a total of 29 points.  In the month of December, Donato was named the National Player of the Month, and he finished the month as leader in points per game (2.50), goals per game (2.00), hat tricks (2), and was tied for most goals with 8.  Stats courtesy of

For any Bruins fans who want to watch Donato on a huge stage, he will hopefully be able to play in the Beanpot for Harvard.  Harvard is the defending Beanpot champion, and the games are right before the U.S. begins their Olympic schedule.  Harvard will face of against Boston University on February 5th, before hopefully playing for the championship on February 12th.  The U.S. opens their Olympic schedule two days later on the 14th.

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Ryan Donato is a very exciting prospect for the Bruins, and with his wealth of experience at both the collegiate and international levels, and could have a huge impact for the Bruins in the very near future.