The Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks have reportedly struck a deal, although that deal is not yet official.
According to a breaking news report from NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, the Minnesota Wild have dealt forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks and in exchange the Wild will receive a third round pick at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. This deal has been floating around the rumor mill for several days now so it comes as absolutely no surprise, and it does have to make you wonder about the other rumored deal between these two franchises, a potential trade of Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
We'll leave the Dubnyk talk for another time though, for now let's take a brief look at Donato the only player moving in this trade. The 24 year old is a former 2nd round (56th overall) draft selection of the Boston Bruins who drafted him at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Donato spent the first two seasons of his career with the Boston Bruins, featuring in a relatively limited role on there, before being traded to the Wild during the 2018 - 2019 season in a deal that saw forward Charlie Coyle dealt to the Bruins in exchange for Donato. His third NHL season began with the Wild and he featured in 62 games, recording 14 goals and 9 assists for a total of 23 points in the shortened 2019 - 2020 regular season. He finished the season with a plus minus rating of +5 and had 12 penalty minutes to his name as well.