Ryan Donato probably just had the best week of his young hockey career.
First, he helped his Harvard Crimson win the famed Beanpot Tournament for the first time since 1993. And he scored a highlight reel goal to give his Harvard team some breathing room in the championship game:
Then, after playing in the Beanpot final against Boston University, Harvard played two ECAC regular season games on Friday and Saturday. The two contests were against fellow “schools for the gifted” in Yale and Brown. And Saturday night against Brown, Donato recorded 4 assists.
Donato has flown under the radar a little bit this season. He was even left off of our very own BostonPucks.com Top 10 Bruins Prospects list back in December. Now, that could say more about other top prospects in the Bruins system, or it could have been a slight oversight by us here at BostonPucks.com’s corporate headquarters overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain.
Regardless, Donato has put together a really good sophomore season playing for this father and Bruins alum, Ted Donato. He has now racked up 16 goals along with 14 assists for 30 points in 27 games this year.
There is really no pressure on the Bruins to sign the 2014 2nd round draft pick. He’ll be excited to do so when the time comes. The kid has dreamed of putting on the spoked-B since he was running around the Bruins’ locker room when his dad played for the “hometown” Black n’ Gold. Like this picture below of a little Ryan Donato with then babyfaced “Jumbo” Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov:
There’s no question Donato was a worthy choice for our Prospect of the Week honor. And riding the high and confidence from winning a Beanpot title in convincing fashion could lead to more electric performances in the near future from the Crimson star.
Other prospect notes:
Zach Senyshyn continued his torrid offensive production with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 3 games this week. Senyshyn now has 36 goals, and 15 assists for 51 points in 48 games.
Anders Bjork recorded 2 goals and an assist in the 2 game weekend series against Providence. Notre Dame took 3 of a possible 4 points from Providence to help the Irish to move into 3rd place in the Hockey East. Bjork is now 9th in the country in NCAA scoring with 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 31 games. Bjork has also been named a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award for his commitment to community service.
Oh ho hum, Trent Frederic just scored 4 goals this weekend. No big deal. He just has 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 22 games. Not bad for the true freshman pundits called “a reach” at the NHL draft last July. Frederic is now 5th in the country in scoring by a freshman.