Matt Donovan
Image: NHL

Matt Donovan

Hometown:

Edmond Oklahoma

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-05-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (96th overall), 2008

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: In his first year with Cedar Rapids (USHL), Matt Donovan recorded 30 points (12+18) in 59 games. He also recorded one helper in three playoff games with the Rough Riders.

2008-09: Donovan continued his time with the USHL, scoring 51 points with Cedar Rapids. He would be named to the USHL All Star Game, as part of the First All-Star Team. He would score the most goals and points of any Defenseman in the USHL that season.

2009-10: Fianlly making the move to the NCAA, Matt suited up for 36 games with Denver, scoring seven goals and 14 assists. He would be named to the NCAA (WCHA) All-Rookie team. He would add five points in seven games with Team USA at the World Juniors, scoring the most goals for a Defenseman, to win a Gold Medal.

2009-10: Donovan suited up for 36 games with Denver as a freshman and scored 7 goals with 14 assists. He was named to the NCAA (WCHA) All-Rookie team. Donovan would add five points in seven games with Team USA at the World Junior U-20 Championship, scoring the most goals for a defenseman and winning a gold medal.

2010-11: Donovan signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders in March 2011 after completing his sophomore season at Denver and made his pro debut with AHL Bridgeport. In six games with the Sound Tigers, who failed to reach the AHL playoffs, he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 with 10 PMs. Prior to signing with the Islanders Donovan skated in all 42 games for the Pioneers and led Denver defensemen with 32 points. He scored 9 goals with 23 assists and was +17 with 64 PMs as Denver finished second to North Dakota in the WCHA regular season and then lost to the Fighting Sioux in both the conference and NCAA tournaments.

2011-12: Donovan made his NHL debut with the Islanders, skating in the last three games for New York after leading the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ defensemen in scoring during the season. He had no points and was minus-three, averaging 18:34 minutes of ice time, during his time with the Islanders. Donovan scored 10 goals with 35 assists and was plus-11 with 63 penalty minutes in 72 games for Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers finished first in the Northeast Division but lost to second-place Connecticut in three games in a best-of-five playoff series. Donovan had 1 assist and was minus-one with 6 penalty minutes in the playoffs.

2012-13: Donovan played for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport in his second pro season — finishing as the team’s top scorer among defensemen with 48 points and sharing the top plus/minus mark for the Sound Tigers with David Ullstrom (+14). In 75 games he scored 14 goals with 34 assists and had 112 penalty minutes. The Sound Tigers missed the AHL playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division. Donovan was with the Islanders during their playoff series with Pittsburgh but did not appear in any games.

 

Talent Analysis

Donovan is a big puck-moving defenseman. He makes a great first pass and has great vision. He has the ability to anchor the power play as well. In his first pro season he has shown a lot of improvement in his foot speed and will continue to improve all aspects of his game.

 

Future

Donovan began the 2013-14 season with the New York Islanders, and is likely to stick with the club.

 

New York Islanders 2014 NHL Draft preview

by Christian Litscher
on

Ryan Pulock - New York Islanders

Photo: The New York Islanders selected defenseman Ryan Pulock 15th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It has already been a busy offseason for New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow. Slotted with fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Snow was faced with the tough decision of whether to give the Buffalo Sabres their 2014 first round pick or their 2015 first round pick as a result of the Thomas Vanek trade.

Read more»

Many top prospects coming of age for New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
on

Anders Lee - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Anders Lee was a standout in his first full season of professional hockey. Lee appeared in 22 games for the New York Islanders this season, where he managed nine goals and five assists. (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders got a glimpse of their future at the end of the 2013-14 NHL season. Decimated with injuries, the Islanders had many rookies in their lineup by the end of the year, including Anders Lee and Ryan Strome.

Read more»

Ryan Strome remains top prospect for New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
on

Ryan Strome - New York Islanders

Photo: Ryan Strome celebrates his first NHL goal on January 6th, 2014. Strome has spent the majority of the 2013-14 season in the AHL, but should see more time in the NHL down the stretch. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have amassed a very deep and talented prospect pool. Their patient approach over the last few years has created a solid foundation and should pay dividends down the road.

Read more»

Next wave of talent starting to come of age for New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
on

Mike Halmo - New York Islanders

Photo: Undrafted forward Mike Halmo is having a strong year with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he has managed 12 goals, 12 assists, and 85 penalty minutes in 38 AHL games. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The New York Islanders have built an impressive pool of prospects at the professional level. The team has done fairly well at the NHL Draft over the past several years and has found a lot of good talent in the middle and later rounds.

Read more»

New York Islanders system flush with defensive talent

by Christian Litscher
on

Brock Nelson - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Brock Nelson is one of many prospects who have played some NHL games for the Islanders this season. Nelson was selected 30th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The New York Islanders are starting to reap the rewards of high drafting and solid player development. After years of finishing at the bottom of the standings, the organization has developed a core of young talent who led them to the playoffs in 2013. More help is still on the way too, as the Islanders have quality prospects at every position.

Read more»

Related Articles