The Journey: Players to Watch at the Olympics

Brad Phillips


The Olympics are less than a week away and while there are no NHL players competing this year, that doesn't mean there aren't players worth watching. In addition to a stacked Olympic Athletes of Russia team, a number of prospects will be taking centre stage.


Ryan DonatoBOS

Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round of 2014, the son of former Bruin Ted Donato is following a path similar to that of his old man. Donato the younger was a scoring star during his four years at the Dexter School in Brookline, MA where he averaged just under two points per game during his career, amassing 227 points in 115 games, and served as the captain in his senior year. A product of nearby Scituate, Donato committed to nearby Harvard where he has proceeded to transform into a lethal scoring machine during his three years on campus. As a freshman he sniped 13 goals, third-most on the team, and was tied for 11th in the nation among all first-year players. In his sophomore year, Donato increased his goal total by more than 60%, surpassed the 20-goal plateau with 21 on the season. This mark was good for second on the team. In addition, he dished out 19 helpers to finish the year with 40 points in 36 games, the fourth-highest total on a very strong Harvard team. 2017-18 has been a simply dominant year for the 21-year-old. Through 21 games Donato has scored 20 times and added nine assists. This gives him 10 more points than his next closest teammate and a whopping 13 more goals than any other Crimson player. Harvard as a team has scored 61 goals so his output represents 32.8% of the team total and, overall, he’s factored in on 47.3% of the team’s goals. Donato leads the entire NCAA in goals, hat tricks (2), and shots per game with 5.62, a full half shot more per game than the next closest competitor. He got hot a precisely the right time for team USA management to take notice as he was named NCAA player of the month for December where he posted both of his hat tricks, recorded 10 points in the month and led the nation in points per game, goals per game, shots on goal, and tied for the lead in goals with eight. It’s all but assured that we’ll see Donato in a B’s uniform in 2018-19, if not sooner.


Troy TerryANA

You could argue that no prospect has done a much to raise their profile over the past 14 months than the Ducks’ Troy Terry. Not drafted until the fifth round in 2015, Terry was overshadowed playing on a fairly loaded USNDTP squad th