No, I am not Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano making a Groundhog day reference. Ryan Donato is the Bruins top prospect and so far this season he has not disappointed. Donato is now a four time BostonPucks.com Propect of the Week, which is the most by any prospect in the long and rich history of BostonPucks.com.
Ryan Donato’s Harvard Crimson had a big rebound weekend. After starting the season being ranked 3rd in the country, and one of the favorites contenders for a National Championship, the Crimson were slow out of the gate. Going into last weekend Harvard was 2-5-1 and are no longer in the top 20. However, they had two convincing road wins this past weekend.
On Friday night they beat Quinnipiac 6-2 and then turned right around and thumped Princeton 5-2 on Saturday.
Donato had a total of 5 points on the weekend. He recorded a hat trick on Friday against Quinnipiac. He followed that up with a goal and an assists against Princeton Saturday.
Ryan Donato now has 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points in 10 games this season. With the NHL stars not playing in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea Donato has a shot at playing for Team USA in PyeongChang. Personally, it would be hard to leave in the middle of Harvard’s season for two weeks when NCAA championship expectations are high, but this might be Donato’s only opportunity to represent the United States at the Olympics. I am guessing if he is asked to go he will go.
I know we have said this before, but I cannot imagine any scenario where Donato does not turn pro at the end of Harvard’s season, national championship or not. Harvard is hoping for a long run in the NCAA tournament so Donato might not make it to any NHL games this season if that’s the case. But like Anders Bjork last summer, Donato will go to his last Prospect Camp and be the best player there. And if Donato ends up being an Olympian it just might get me to watch the games.
I have not been able to see Donato play live yet this season, but I will get an opportunity to see him twice at the end of the month at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, VT.
- Ryan Donato was not the only Harvard star to chip in some goals this weekend. Stay-at-home defenseman Wiley Sherman punched in a goal in each game this past weekend and now has 2 goals and an assist on the season.
- Last week’s Prospect of the Week Jeremy Swayman had another great weekend. Swayman back stopped the Maine Black Bears to a total of 3 out of 4 points against Vermont. On friday night Swayman had 22 saves in a 2-2 tie. Then on Saturday night he had a 39 saves in a 6-2 win. Swayman now has a 5-3-1 record with a 2.39 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He also got good news this week when he was invited to Team USA’s preliminary camp for the World Junior Championships.
- Trent Frederic broke out of his recent mini slump with a nice performance against Minnesota. He had a total of 3 points (2 goals and 1 assists) on the weekend. Frederic was also invited to Team USA’s preliminary camp along with Minnesota defenseman Ryan Lindgren.
- Oshawa General Jack Studnicka continued his hot stretch with 2 goals and 2 assists in Friday’s game against the London Knights. He had goose eggs in his two other games last weekend.
- Most likely the Bruins will be well represented again at this year’s World Junior Championships in Buffalo. 2017 first round pick Urho Vaakanainen has been invited to team Finland along with 2016 5th rounder Joona Koppanen. Oskar Steen has been invited to team Sweden.
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