I am really shocked by how little Donato looks engaged. He's dangerous with the puck on his stick, but as you note he is terrible everywhere else. 20% CF is just downright awful. I agree he needs to probably spend the entire season down there. He's been terrible.It wasn’t a great game at 5x5, but when you’re running out your 8-10 defensemen, you take what you can get. They lost the attempts, shots, scoring chances battle.
Donato had a smooth 20% CF (3 for; 12 against) in all of 6:40 TOI. He’s dangerous when he has the puck in the offensive end (hit the crossbar on his 1 shot at ES; banged another off the post on the PP), but he is useless everywhere else. I think a trip to Providence should be in the offing. He’s not a 4th liner, but they seemed to have settled on the 2nd and 3rd lines for now so here he is on the 4th. He really needs to work on his play away from the puck. He’s kind of like Bjork a year ago. Now Bjork is improved along the wall and stronger on the puck, but we’re just waiting for the offense to come (and I think it will).
Carlo has been a surprise this season. He’s playing well. He’s jumping up in the play and being more active in the offensive end. He’s shooting more too, 2.3 attempts per game which is up from the 1.8 he attempted last season. He’ll never be a Karlsson, but it’s be nice if he can contribute 20-25 points.