7th year defenseman Matt Donovan(15) signed on for a 2nd season with Frolunda HC of the SHL after a successful first run with the team scoring a goal and 14 assists with a +5 rating, and a 2017 Champions Hockey League tournament title.

He first left North American pro hockey as a 2nd time group 6 unrestricted free agent after a season under contract with Buffalo Sabres but was reassigned for the entire campaign to affiliate Rochester Americans.

The one-time New York Islanders‘ draft pick stayed with the team for 4 years, playing a career high 52 NHL games in the 2013/2014 campaign getting 2 goals and 14 assists.

He appeared in 15 other big league contests with the team and also skated a pair of playoff appearances.

The 27-year old is off to a nice start this season and could very well stay in Sweden.

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Matt Donovan (46)


New York Islanders‘ rookie defensemen Matt Donovan(46) is having an impressive pro debut with their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

He was originally a 4th round pick in the 2008 draft (#96 overall).

In 69 games he has 10 goals and 32 assists with a +9 plus/minus on a team that has fought hard for every victory in their playoff bound 2011/2012 season. He happens to lead rookie d-men in assists and points.

At 6′ 202 lbs. he isn’t the biggest guy defending the blue line but always plays a rough and tumble style of hockey.

Earlier this week he received his first NHL recall and skated 24 shifts for almost 22 minutes of ice time going a -1 in the team’s 3-1 loss.

The soon to be 22-year old will likely receive a good, long look in next year’s training camp for roster spot on the Isles.

It will be the 2nd year of his 3-year entry level contract.

4/4: Donovan was one of a pair of defensemen named to the 2011/2012 AHL All-Rookie Team.