MN Wild Trade Donato For Third Round Draft Pick From Sharks
The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks have made a trade that involves forward Ryan Donato going to San Jose for a third-round pick for the Wild in the 2021 NHL Draft.
The news of the trade came late Monday morning. According to NHL.com, Donato scored 14 goals with 9 assists last season. Donato set career highs this season and according to San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson, his best hockey days are still ahead of him.
Donato has played 130 NHL games scoring 29 goals and 28 assists along with 20 penalty minutes in his career. Before joining the Wild, Donato played for the Boston Bruins.
The Wild get the third round pick that was previously acquired from Pittsburg.
There is further speculation that more trades could be coming to the Minnesota Wild organization. According to the Star Tribune, goalie Devan Dubynk could be traded to the Sharks this afternoon. After the WIld's playoff losses, General Manager Bill Guerin made it known his disappointment on the team's goaltending. Dubynk is a three time All Star, but it has been Alex Stalock who has had the starting position. Guerin fired goaltending coach Bob Mason after last season. Stalock was the goalie in all four of the Minnesota Wild's playoff losses.
We'll see what happens as the NHL Draft begins tomorrow and free agency starts on Friday. Can the Wild find a winning lineup that can carry into the post-season and win playoff games?