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Matt Donovan | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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Matt Donovan has taken the Islanders' one-year qualifying offer.
Donovan's deal is two-ways and will pay him $826,875 annually at the NHL level. He had two goals and 16 points in 52 games with the Islanders last season. Jul 15 - 6:46 PM

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Matt Donovan had a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Donovan hasn't done too much offensively in his rookie campaign, but he's been hot lately with five points in his last six games. He's worth keeping an eye on as he has enjoyed a lot of offensive success at the AHL level.
Mar 28 - 10:20 AM

Matt Donovan was called up from the minors on Thursday March 6.

Donovan has 21 points and 25 penalty minutes in 27 AHL games this season. He had a shot on goal in 16:54 minutes of ice time in the Islanders' 3-2 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Mar 7 - 2:25 AM

Matt Donovan was sent back down to Bridgeport (AHL) prior to the Olympic break.

Donovan has a goal and seven points through 36 games with the Islanders.
Feb 9 - 2:22 PM

Matt Donovan picked up an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 loss on Wednesday.

Donovan has two points in his last three games, but he's typically not nearly as effective offensively. He has a goal and six assists in 33 contests in 2013-14.
Jan 30 - 8:03 AM

The New York Islanders have promoted Matt Donovan.

Donovan's latest AHL stint lasted just one day. He has a goal and six points in 32 games this season.
Jan 28 - 12:42 PM

Matt Donovan has been returned to the minors.

He has split time between Bridgeport and the Islanders this season. In 32 NHL contests, he has six points and a minus-10 rating. He is being sent down because of Lubomir Visnovsky's return from a concussion.
Jan 27 - 12:01 PM

With Travis Hamonic out (concussion), the New York Islanders are counting heavily on defenseman Matt Donovan.

Isles coach Jack Capuano made a bold move on Thursday with half of his top defense pair out, choosing to have rookies Calvin de Haan and Matt Donovan take on the Lightning's top line. "I thought Dono and I did a decent job," said de Haan. "The coaches showed a lot of trust in us and it's an honor to be out there against the other team's best forwards." It was Donovan's best game of the 27 he's played this season. He played a career-high 21:15, had a career-best five shots on goal and, buoyed by the steadiness de Haan has brought to just about every game he's played since his recall from Bridgeport, looked far more confident than he has before. That pair may get the call to match up against Claude Giroux in Philadelphia today, part of a tougher assignment overall for the Islanders.
Jan 18 - 10:44 AM

Matt Donovan will play Monday against the Dallas Stars.

His last appearance with the Islanders came on Nov. 27. Donovan was called up from the minors last Thursday. He's projected to be paired with Thomas Hickey.
Jan 6 - 1:40 PM

Matt Donovan has been loaned on AHL Bridgeport.

In 22 games with the Islanders this year, he has five points and a minus-5 rating.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 06:14:00 PM

Matt Donovan is OK to play Thursday night against Carolina.

He has been bothered by a hip issue, but it won't prevent from playing. Aaron Ness was brought up from the minors as a precaution and he'll still play Thursday in the place of Matt Carkner.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Matt Donovan was benched for most of the second period Saturday as he was minus-three in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers.

Donovan is slumping and is now minus-six over his last three games. The Islanders are suffering on the blueline with injuries to Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait. He only saw one shift in the last 15 minutes of the second period and played 13:19 minutes. He was on the ice for six shifts in the third. He has some offensive ability but if he is unable to turn it around defensively, he'll find himself in the press box once Visnovsky and/or Strait return.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Matt Donovan will help fill the void left by Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion).

Donovan has spent three of the Islanders' last four games in the press box. He has two points and four penalty minutes in five games in 2013-14.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been impressed with Matt Donovan's offensive abilities.

Donovan has a goal and two points in three games this season. He's getting a bit of power-play ice time and there's a good chance that will continue throughout the campaign. As a rookie, he's of course a gamble, but if you're hurting for defense, he's not a bad guy to try.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 08:57:00 AM

Matt Donovan will play Friday in the Islanders' first game of the season.

Matt Carkner and rookie Griffin Reinhart will sit as healthy scratches. Donovan skated in three games with the Islanders in 2011-12.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 04:10:00 PM

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3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Eric Boulton
5Brock Nelson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Nikolay Kulemin
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D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Matt Carkner
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson