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.
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.