When it comes to center depth, Ryan Donato won't be sitting at the head of the table for the 2023-24 Blackhawks, thanks to a certain No. 1 overall draft pick. A deeper dive at what Donato has to offer, though, suggests there is some potential for him to produce at a higher volume than some may believe.
Entering his seventh season in the NHL, Donato will be playing for his fifth team heading into the 2023-24 season. Used mostly in a middle-six role, the left-handed forward out of Harvard has accumulated 135 points (65 G, 70 A) in 325 career games.
A second-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, Donato is still only 27 years old and carries a team-friendly $2 million dollar salary cap hit for the next two seasons. In his time split between the Bruins, the Wild, the Sharks and the Kraken, he's seen a decent amount of time on the power play each season but has rarely taken the ice in shorthanded scenarios.
Donato has a fairly useful skillset that could potentially be a great fit with the look Blackhawks roster. So let's dive into some of what he brings.