Donato was brought in by the Sharks from the Wild on Monday in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick.
Donato is coming off a career year in which he set personal bests in goals (14), points (23) and games played (62). The Boston native figures to slot into a third-line role with San Jose but could still push for the 30-point mark in a full 82-game season. As such, Donato should offer solid mid-range fantasy value, especially in deeper formats.
Donato potted a goal on four shots and added four hits in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Donato has three goals and two assists over his last four games -- his line with Mikko Koivu and Ryan Hartman has begun to carry some of the scoring load in Minnesota. Through 58 contests this year, Donato has 23 points, 90 shots and 45 hits. He needs just two more points to match last year's career-high output.
Donato recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Red Wings.
Donato skated 12:44 in this contest, which may not seem like much but represented his second-highest ice time total since Dec. 23. With a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, Donato could finally be earning the larger role most anticipated him to play for the Wild this season.
Donato registered a goal and an assist with three shots in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Columbus.
Donato scored his 12th goal of the year in the final minute of the first period to put the Wild up 2-1. He also assisted on a Mikko Koivu goal in the second that extended Minnesota's lead to 4-1. Donato's two-point night came despite logging a team-low 10:37 of ice time, giving him 20 points in 55 games in a depth role for the Wild.
Donato scored a goal on two shots and had two PIM in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers.
Donato opened the scoring with a backhander midway through the first period, registering his 11th goal of the season. That tops the career-high 10 tallies he totaled last year between Boston and Minnesota. The third-year center has 18 points in 51 games on the season.
Donato netted a goal in Friday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
Donato tied the game at two with his second-period tally. The 23-year-old has four points and 10 shots in his last five contests, but his playing time has been inconsistent lately. He's at 10 goals, 17 points, 75 shots and 32 hits in 48 games.
Donato scored a goal and added a power-play helper in Saturday's 7-0 win over the Stars.
Donato also had a team-high six shots on goal and went plus-2 in the blowout win. The 23-year-old entered Saturday on a six-game point drought -- he needed a big game as much as anyone. He's now at 15 points, 71 shots and 30 hits in 44 contests this season. Donato is still a fourth-line player under Bruce Boudreau, so fantasy owners should be cautious with adding the Boston native.
Donato scored a goal on three shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
Donato broke the ice with his eighth goal of the season late in the first period, but the Islanders countered with three unanswered goals in the final frame. The 23-year-old Donato plays a limited role for the Wild -- he had just under 11 minutes of ice time Sunday -- and has produced 13 points in 37 games.
Donato scored a goal in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Coyotes.
Donato's tally early in the second period tied the score at one, but the forward didn't factor into any of the later scoring chaos. The 23-year-old has done well in a limited role, with four goals and a helper through nine December games. He's at 11 points, 52 shots on goal and 25 hits through 33 appearances this season.
Donato lit the lamp and had five shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Carolina.
After potting just three points through his first 21 games, Donato has exploded for three goals and four points in the last six. The Boston native has gotten out of head coach Bruce Boudreau's doghouse a bit, seeing time centering the team's second line with Mikko Koivu (lower body) sidelined. With Koivu expected to miss at least the next three games, Donato has a phenomenal opportunity to continue his scoring pace and establish himself in a larger role for the rest of the season.
Donato has just one goal and three points while averaging 10:03 of average ice time through the first 20 games this campaign.
Unfortunately for Donato, he hasn't quite gotten out of coach Bruce Boudreau's doghouse this season and has almost exclusively been glued to a bottom-six role. Things looked up last season when he was traded for Charlie Coyle from Boston, but with general manager Paul Fenton relieved of his duties, Donato could be expendable for new general manager Bill Guerin. At any rate, Donato doesn't appear to have much value from a fantasy perspective, but could see a boost to his stock should be be dished elsewhere.
Donato scored a goal and dished two hits in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Sharks.
The goal was Donato's first of the year in his 14th game. With three points in 2019-20, it's been disappointing early on for the 23-year-old. He had 25 points in 56 games between the Bruins and Wild last season, so expectations for his production have not been met at this stage of the year.
Donato had two shots on goal, posted minus-1 rating and logged 13:28 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Donato skated on the Wild's third line with Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway. Minnesota's top line struggled Thursday, so head coach Bruce Boudreau may switch things up ahead of Saturday's matchup with Colorado. Donato worked on the top line as a center between Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello in training camp, but that experiment didn't last long. It may take a few games before the Wild figure out where Donato fits in best.
Donato signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Wild on Tuesday.
After making the move from Boston to Minnesota at the deadline, Donato notched four goals, 12 helpers and 64 shots while averaging 15:33 of ice time. The 22-year-old's increased role with his new team should see him continue to be mildly productive heading into 2019-20. The winger should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark and could see some time in the top six.
The Wild has extended Donato a qualifying offer, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Donato was one of Minnesota's best players after joining the team via a trade in late February, picking up four goals and 16 points in 22 games while averaging 15:32 of ice time per contest. The 23-year-old American should be ready to take on a full-time, top-six role next season.
Donato was sent down to AHL Iowa on Tuesday.
Iowa has three regular-season contest remaining as it tries to secure a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs and the addition of Donato should bolster the club's chances. The center logged 22 games with Minnesota this season after being acquired via trade from Boston, in which he registered four goals, 12 helpers and 64 shots. The center saw his ice time jump by over three minute per game with his new club and should benefit from an increased role next season.
Donato registered an assist in Friday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights.
He's cooled a bit since beginning his Wild career with a five-game point streak after a trade from the Bruins in February, but he still has four goals and 12 helpers in 18 games since the swap. Donato doesn't have much physicality, with only 24 hits and 19 blocked shots in 52 appearances this year, but the point production may make him worth a stash in dynasty leagues using basic scoring categories.
Donato notched two assists in Friday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
He also chipped in three shots, a hit, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating. Donato has been a feast-or-famine fantasy asset lately, recording four two-point performances and six goose eggs in the last 10 games, and the second-year forward now has an impressive four goals and 15 points in 15 games since joining the Wild and settling into a top-six role.
Donato assisted on both Wild goals but it wasn't enough Sunday, as Minnesota lost to the Islanders 3-2 in overtime.
Despite losing, Donato logged 4:53 of ice time on the power-play, a season high. He rewarded his team with a pair of power-play assists. Consecutive two-point outings have the Wild winger up to 13 points in 13 games with his new team, and for the season, Donato has 22 points in 47 appearances.
Donato scored two goals and six shots on net in a 5-2 victory against the Rangers on Saturday.
The 22-year-old hadn't posted a point in the last three games, and still, he's been a great asset since joining the Wild. He's posted four goals and 11 points in 12 games following the trade to Minnesota. With an 11.8 shooting percentage with the Wild, it's possible he could keep this up longer. Donato has 10 goals and 20 points in 46 games with the Bruins and Wild this season.
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