2006-07: The big Connecticut high school center had another strong year, dominating the smaller competition with 23 goals and 43 assists in 26 games while attending Avon Old Farms. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, 173rd overall. He will attend Boston University in the fall of 2007.
2007-08: In 39 games for Boston University, Bonino netted 16 goals while adding 13 assists for 29 points. He was the top rookie goal scorer in Hockey East.
2008-09: Traded to the Anaheim Ducks in the deal that sent Travis Moen and Kent Huskins to the San Jose Sharks. In 44 games with BU, where Bonino helped his team to a national championship, he posted 18 goals, 32 assists, a plus-29, and 7 powerplay goals.
2009-10: Finished his senior season with BU posting 11 goals, 27 assists, and a plus-18 in 33 games. Signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Ducks in March and immediately saw time in the NHL, posting 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 games while playing in a primarily top-six role.
2010-11: Bonino appeared in 26 NHL regular season games and 4 of 6 playoff games for the Ducks while splitting the season between Anaheim and AHL affiliate Syracuse. He made his first appearance of the year for the Ducks in early November and was with the team until early January. He averaged under just under 10 minutes of ice-time per game and was scoreless and -3 with 4 PMs. In four playoff games he had no points and was -1 with 2 PMs. Bonino was a top-line scorer for the AHL Crunch – leading the team with 33 assists despite skating in just 50 games. He also scored 12 goals and tied for the plus/minus lead (+10) on a Crunch team that was under .500 and missed the AHL playoffs.
Bonino is a talented playmaker, he has excellent vision, hockey sense, passing skills and imagination. His feet do not quite catch up to his hands and eyes, but his speed is adequate. Hampered by nagging injuries, Bonino could benefit immensely from an uninterrupted stretch with a well-defined role.
Bonino appears to be ready to be stick at the NHL level sooner than later, although his role there remains unclear. Most likely he will be a supplemental scorer who sees time on the No. 2 power-play unit.