The play of Ryan Donato has been a topic of high discussion in the last week or so, and the Bruins have finally made a decision on the struggling winger. The team announced today that Donato has been sent to the Providence Bruins after putting up just one goal in eleven games.
#NHLBruins assign Ryan Donato to @AHLBruins: https://t.co/QYUceG5Ilf— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 1, 2018
Donato scored five goals and nine points in a 12-game stint with the Bruins last spring and was expected to take a step forward in his first full season. However, the 22-year-old has faced some sophomore struggles early on, such as physicality and playing away from the puck.
A stint in Providence could be just what Donato needs to get going, as he’ll likely play top-six minutes and spend more time on the power-play in the AHL. If Donato can regain his confidence and produce at a consistent rate with the P-Bruins, it would not be surprising to see him back in Boston at some point this season.