Bruins’ second-day picks highlighted by Boston native Ryan Donato
PHILADELPHIA – The Bruins picked Ryan Donato in the second round of the NHL Draft, which concludes Saturday with rounds two through seven.
The Bruins took a forward in the fourth round, Danton Heinen, and another in the fifth round, Anders Bjork. The Bruins drafted a defenseman in the seventh round, going with Emil Johansson.
Donato is the son of former Bruin Ted Donato, now the Harvard coach. Ryan Donato has committed to Harvard for 2015-16, although he has yet to be accepted by the university.
“Still shaking,” Donato said of being drafted his hometown team. “I was shaking in my seat for the minute they were waiting. I couldn’t be happier with the pick. I’m proud to be in such a great organization now.”
Donato played at Dexter last year for uncle Dan Donato. The forward scored 37 goals and 41 assists in 30 games.
“I’m a guy who can get the puck to the net, create opportunities to score,” he said. “I like to be a team player. I like to block shots. I like to use the body. I like to play in all situations.”
Donato will talk to the Bruins about his plans for next year, whether to return to Dexter for his senior year or play for Omaha of the USHL.
This is the second straight season Boston has picked the son of a former Bruin. Last year, the Bruins drafted Ryan Fitzgerald, son of Tom Fitzgerald.
Heinen, who was picked at 116, scored 29 goals and had 33 assists last year for Surrey of the BCHL. Heinen is committed to the University of Denver for this coming season. The Bruins picked former Denver player Joe Colborne in the first round of the 2008 draft.
Bjork, who was taken with the 146th pick, scored nine goals and 12 assists in 26 games for the National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team. He is committed to Notre Dame for 2014-15.
Johansson, the Bruins’ final pick at 206, suited up for HV71’s U-20 team last season, appearing in 42 games. He scored two goals and tallied seven assists.
The Bruins have one pick left: the 206th pick in the seventh round.