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