It didn’t take long for Ryan Donato to to earn his first Prospect of the Week in the 2017-2018 season. And it probably won’t be his last.

Being at Harvard the Ivy League schools value their education over athletics, so all of the Ivy League schools start a little later and play less games. One could argue that this philosophy is flawed, but they are much smarter than I.

Donato followed up a hat trick in their exhibition game against the US National Development team with a 2 goal effort against Dartmouth on Sunday. Harvard, who is ranked 3rd in the USCHO.com poll, put on a clinic against Dartmouth beating them 5-0.

Donato has moved to the center position this season after primarily playing left wing in his first two seasons at Harvard. With Donato playing center this gives the Bruins a little more depth at a position they are going to have to fill sooner than we’d all like. Patrice Bergeron is still great, but he is now in his 30’s. David Krejci, although younger than Bergy, is in the same boat as well. However I could see Krejci declining before Bergeron does.

Either way the Bruins need to start planning for life after Bergeron and Krejci. Currently in their system they have Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, now Ryan Donato, and Jack Studnicka at center. I am excited about all three of these prospects, but none of them are #1 centers.

I know I have said this a lot, but this is likely the last season Donato will be at Harvard. I look forward to when Harvard invades the Gutterson Field House for the Catamount Cup to get a closer look at Donato to see his progress. I was able to see him last season in the ECAC Championship game at Lake Placid. Donato should be one of the best players in college hockey this season and could be a Hobey Baker finalist by the time April comes around.

Harvard plays host to Yale on Friday night and Brown on Saturday.

Here are the highlights of the Dartmouth game. Donato scores a short hand goal and then scores on a one time shot:

Prospect Notes

  • Zane McIntyre has been limited in the number of games he has played due to a couple of call ups with the Bruins. He has played in 5 of the 8 Providence Bruins games and is 4-1 with a nice 1.81 GAA and a .928 Save Percentage. Over the weekend McIntyre stopped 13 shots for the win against Binghamton.
  • Sticking with the goalie theme, Jeremy Swayman stopped 35 shots and only allowed 2 goals in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night. It was Swayman’s best effort so far in the NCAA. He is still splitting time with junior goalie Rob McGovern.
  • Senior Harvard defenseman Wiley Sherman had an assist in Harvard’s 5-0 win over Dartmouth.

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