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Matt Donovan (D)

Rochester Americans

Name: Matt Donovan
Number: 65
Position: D
Shoots: L
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Birthdate: 1990-05-09
Birth place: Edmond, OK


Signed a one-year, two-way NHL contract as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2015.

2014-15: Recorded three assists in 12 NHL games for the New York Islanders… Appeared in two postseason contests, picking up 10 PIM… Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington on 4/25… Tallied one shot on goal and had 10 PIM while earning 10:17 of ice time… Collected an assist in back-to-back games against the St. Louis Blues on 12/06 and 12/11… Notched the primary assist on fellow blueliner Thomas Hickey’s overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory against Ottawa on 12/02… Logged 16:15 of ice time in his season debut against Philadelphia on 11/24

2013-14: Spent the majority of the season with the Islanders, where he captured NHL career-highs in goals (2), assists (14), points (16) and games played (52) to finish among the team’s top five scoring defensemen… Completed his third season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL), ranking second among team blueliners in scoring with 21 points (7+14) despite playing in just 27 AHL games… Led all Bridgeport defensemen with four power-play goals and tied for second overall with a +11 on-ice rating… Posted seven multi-point games, including two consecutive two-point outings to begin the season…Skated an NHL season-high 24:39 against Washington on 4/05… Factored in on both New York goals with two points (1+1) in a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay on 3/27… Picked up an assist in three straight games for the Islanders from 3/07 to 3/14… Had a season-long four-game point streak (3+3) from 2/09 to 2/21… Assisted on two goals in a 7-3 win over Albany on 2/16… Scored twice and took a season-high six shots at Springfield on 2/15… Notched two points (1+1) at Springfield on 12/28… Helped set up two goals vs. Hershey on 12/07… Opened the season with two assists, including the primary helper on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Hartford on 11/29… Scored his first NHL goal on the power-play against Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes on 10/08… Registered an assist in his season debut for the Islanders at New Jersey on 10/04

2012-13: Captured career-highs in goals (14), points (48), penalty minutes (112) and gamed played (75) in his second full season in Bridgeport… Added 34 assists to finish third on the team in scoring while pacing all Bridgeport rearguards for the second straight season… Tied for the league lead in points by a defenseman and ranked third among all blueliners in goals and assists… Also had the fourth-most minor penalties in the circuit with 41… Scored four of his 14 goals on the power-play and finished the campaign with a team-best +14 on-ice rating… Appeared in all but one game for the Tigers and fired 151 shots on goal… Recorded 10 multi-point outings, including a season-high four in the month of April… Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, recording two shots in the 7-6 loss to the Western Conference… Closed out the season with two assists vs. Portland on 4/21… Helped set up all three Bridgeport goals in a 3-2 win at Syracuse on 4/12… Amassed a career-high four points on one goal and three assists against Worcester on 4/04… Scored twice in a 4-3 loss to Springfield on 3/23… Earned an assist and took a team-high six shots at Manchester on 3/06… Collected a point in each of the first six games during the month of February, totaling seven points (2+5) over his season-long point streak… Registered the first multi-goal game of his career with a pair of tallies, including the eventual game-winner, and was +3 in a 4-3 victory over Albany on 12/19… Notched two assists and was +3 at Providence on 11/18… Had a three-game assist streak (0+4) from 10/28 to 11/04… Tallied two assists in a 3-2 win over Hershey on 11/03

2011-12: Appeared in three NHL games for the New York Islanders… Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team after producing 45 points (10+35) and a +11 on-ice rating while skating in a team-high 72 games with the Tigers… Set a career-high with 35 assists, which paced all first-year AHL defensemen… Led all Bridgeport defensemen and finished tied for second on the team in scoring alongside teammate Casey Cizikas… Had the fourth-most points of any AHL blueliner and closed out his first pro season tied for 10th overall among league rookies… Added one assist and six PIM in three postseason contests… Recorded his first playoff point with an assist in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Connecticut on 4/22… Made his professional playoff debut in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Connecticut on 4/19… Ended the regular season on a five-game point streak (1+5) from 3/31 to 4/15… Made his NHL debut at New Jersey on 4/03, making him the first Oklahoman born, raised, and trained in the state to play in the NHL… Logged 21:52 of ice time over 24 shifts in the Islanders’ 3-1 loss to the Devils… Had a three-game assist streak (0+3) from 3/06 to 3/10… Scored once, added two assists and finished with a team-high seven shots in a 8-1 rout of Springfield on 2/11… Notched nine points (1+8) over a season-long five-game point streak from 1/07 to 1/15… Assisted on three of Bridgeport’s four goals in a 4-0 win at Portland on 1/07… Picked up an assist and was +4 vs. Connecticut on 11/25… Collected an assist in three straight games (0+3) from 11/13 to 11/19… Had two points (1+1) against Norfolk on 11/05… Scored his first goal of the season at St. John’s on 10/22… Racked up a season-high 16 PIM against Adirondack on 10/16

2010-11: Made his American Hockey League debut for with Bridgeport, registering five points (1+4) and 10 PIM in six games… Completed his second season at the University of Denver (WCHA) with 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists while playing in all 42 games for the Pioneers… Led all DU defensemen in scoring and finished fourth on the team in points… Named to the All-WCHA Second Team, Inside College Hockey All-America Third Team and All-U.S. College Hockey Online Third Team… Tied for fourth among WCHA blueliners in scoring with 21 points (4+17) in 28 league games… Ranked fifth among all WCHA defensemen in scoring… Led Denver with 32 penalties, 64 PIM and 101 blocked shots… Finished third among all Denver skaters with a +17 on-ice rating… Added 105 hits, two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal… Tallied seven multi-point games… Named to the Red Baron WCHA Final Five and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament teams… Named to the All-WCHA Academic Team… Closed out the AHL’s regular season on a three-game point streak (1+3) from 4/08 to 4/10… Scored his first pro goal and added an assist for his first career multi-point game in Bridgeport’s 4-3 regular season finale victory over Albany on 4/10… Recorded his first pro point with an assist on the power-play in the Sound Tigers’ 4-3 win at Binghamton on 4/02… Made his professional debut at Springfield on 4/01, a 3-2 loss… Signed with the NHL’s New York Islanders on 3/30 and finished his DU career with 53 points (16+37) in 78 games…

2009-10: Played in 36 games for Denver, tallying 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists… Named an Inside College Hockey Freshman All-American, All-College Hockey News Rookie Team member and All-WCHA Rookie Team honoree… Led all WCHA rookie blueliners with seven goals… Ranked sixth among WCHA rookies in scoring in all games and tied for fifth with 15 points on four goals and 11 assists in 26 league games… Finished second on the team with 49 blocked shots and added 131 hits… Earned Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week honors on 3/03… Recorded five multi-point games… Added a +9 on-ice rating… Committed 25 penalties for 50 PIM… Collected a career-high three points on one goal and two assists at Wisconsin on 1/23

2008-09: Scored 19 goals and added 32 assists for 51 points in 57 games for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League… Finished as the USHL’s top scoring defenseman, leading all blueliners in goals and points while placing fourth among the group in assists… Paced all rearguards with 31 power-play points, including a team-high 10 power-play goals and three game-winning tallies… Represented Cedar Rapids at the 2009 USHL Prospects All-Star Game and was a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree for the second straight year… Was one of just three Cedar Rapids players to reach the 50-point mark… Ranked third on the team in shots with 166, recording at least one shot in all but one game… Finished with 14 multi-point games… Notched four assists in five playoff contests for the Roughriders… Netted a pair of goals in the regular season finale at Waterloo, a 4-1 victory... Totaled nine points (3+6) over a season-long six-game point streak from 2/07 to 2/20… Had one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win against Sioux City on 1/25… Tallied three assists at Green Bay on 12/31… Scored twice and was +4 in a 9-1 win over Omaha on 12/05… Collected six points (2+4) over a four-game point streak from 11/15 to 11/27… Scored twice and assisted on another in a 5-4 loss at Waterloo on 11/27… Opened the season with two assists at Indiana on 10/04

2007-08: Tallied 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists to go along with a team-leading +19 on-ice rating in 59 games for the Roughriders… Earned All-USHL Rookie Team honors… Twice named the USHL Defensive Player of the Week… Led all Cedar Rapids defensemen in points and finished seventh in scoring among league blueliners… Notched one assist in three postseason appearances… Collected two assists and was +3 in a 3-0 shutout win at Green Bay… Enjoyed a season-long eight-game point streak from 1/13 to 2/01, earning eight points (6+2) over that span… Helped set up two goals in a 5-3 win vs. Waterloo on 1/04… Had a three-game assist streak (0+3) from 10/30 to 11/03… Registered two points (1+1) and was +3 in his USHL debut at Chicago, a 7-2 victory

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented the United States at the 2014 World Championship in Belarus… Scored two goals in seven games to help the Americans to a sixth-place finish… Won gold with Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan… Finished the tournament with three goals, two assists and a +6 on-ice rating throughout the seven-game event… Earned All-Tournament honors for gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta… Member of the U.S. U-18 Select Team that finished fifth in the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic

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Regular Season Stats
2015-16 Regular Season Rochester Americans 73 8 23 31 -23 119 61 0 0 0 0.000
2013-14 Regular Season Bridgeport Sound Tigers 27 7 14 21 11 79 25 1 1 0 1.000
2012-13 Regular Season Bridgeport Sound Tigers 75 14 34 48 14 151 112 0 0 0 0.000
2011-12 Regular Season Bridgeport Sound Tigers 72 10 35 45 11 119 63 0 0 0 0.000
2010-11 Regular Season Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6 1 4 5 1 10 10 0 0 0 0.000
Playoff Stats
2012 Calder Cup Playoffs Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 0 1 1 -1 7 6 0 0 0 0.000