Ryan Donato Signs Two-Year Deal with Minnesota

Ryan Donato Signs Two-Year Deal with Minnesota

The following article was posted on www.twincities.com on Tuesday, July 16 featuring former Harvard University standout Ryan Donato.

By Dane Mizutani.

Ryan Donato and his shoot-first mentality will be sticking around the Twin Cities for the next couple of years. The 23-year-old winger signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract Tuesday and is poised to step into a more prominent role next season.

While there wasn’t much concern that general manager Paul Fenton would be able to get a deal done, it’s certainly a relief to lock up Donato for the foreseeable future.

After being acquired from the Boston Bruins last season in exchange for fan favorite Charlie Coyle, it didn’t take Donato long to endear himself to the local fan base. He tallied 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 22 games with the Wild last season, and maybe most promising, he never shied away from an opportunity to score, firing 64 shots on goal. He also played a pivotal role as the minor-league Iowa Wild made a short run through the Calder Cup Playoffs before being knocked out in the second round by the Chicago Wolves.

Originally a second-round pick by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft, Donato starred at Harvard for three years, recording 104 points (60 goals, 44 assists). He has represented the United States twice in international competition, winning a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland, and leading Team USA in scoring at the 2018 Winter Olympic in Pyeongchang, South Korea...

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