With the 96th overall pick in the NHL Draft (4th Round) the New York Islanders selected DU Recruit Matt Donovan.
Donovan was named to the United States Hockey League All-Rookie Team this season.
“Matt has worked very hard and shown a lot of poise and composure this season,” said RoughRiders Coach and General Manager Mark Carlson. “He's competed hard night in and night out and that’s paid off tremendously him.”
Donovan, 17, finished tied for second among USHL defensemen in goals (12) and was tied for seventh among blue liners in points (30). The Edmond, Oklahoma, native led the RoughRiders in plus/minus rating (+19) while playing in all but one of the Riders’ 60 regular season games. Donovan was twice this season named USHL Defensive Player of the Week.
The Islanders also hold the draft rights to current University of Denver hockey player Rhett Rakhshani.