Joonas Donskoi
Joonas Donskoi
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
San Jose Sharks
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 4/26/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Donskoi had another solid yet unspectacular season in 2017-18, picking up 11 goals and 32 points while averaging 14:58 of ice time in 66 games. The 26-year-old winger's versatility makes him a solid option up front for the Sharks, but it's unlikely that he'll suddenly evolve into a 45 point player at this stage in his career. Donskoi's two-way game makes him a valuable asset for his real-life NHL club, but his lack of offensive upside and middling role with the Sharks keeps him safely off the radar in most fantasy settings. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Sharks in May 2017.
Sporting non-contact sweater
RWSan Jose Sharks
April 25, 2019
Donskoi (undisclosed) skated Thursday in a non-contact jersey, raising doubts about his availability for Game 1 versus Colorado on Friday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
While Donskoi still has one more day to get medical clearance, the fact that he has yet to be cleared for contact doesn't bode well for a Game 1 return. With Joe Pavelski (head) doubtful as well, the Sharks will need Michael Haley (ankle) to be available in order to avoid calling up a player from AHL San Jose.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The offseason departure of long-time Shark Patrick Marleau should thrust Donskoi into a role that's more conducive to fantasy points. He's known as a smooth dangler -- someone who can weave through traffic and create scoring chances. While the Finn only averaged 14 minutes of ice time between his first two NHL campaigns, his impressive Corsi-For percentage of 53.2 shows that he can be a valuable cog in transition. The Sharks were able to swing a two-year, $3.8 million extension for Donskoi in May, and he's projected to skate on the third-line left wing while assuming a role on the No. 2 power-play unit. All things considered, the upside makes him tempting, but time may be running out to acquire "Donks" for pennies on the dollar in the fantasy realm.
At the age of 23 in his first NHL season, Donskoi was on the older side for a rookie but was able to make an immediate impact after six years of professional seasoning in Finland with Karpat. He spent a good chunk of his time on a scoring line with studs Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, putting up 11 goals and 36 points in 76 contests. Between Tomas Hertl, Patrick Marleau, Joel Ward, Mikkel Boedker and Donskoi – among others – the Sharks have no shortage of secondary scoring options behind their big guns, so Donskoi will get plenty of different opportunities to build upon his success. Obviously, if he lands another plum role on a scoring line then his fantasy stock will carry more weight, so a wait-and-see approach might be in order until a better idea of the Sharks’ line combinations surfaces.
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Sitting out Game 7
RWSan Jose Sharks
April 23, 2019
Donskoi (undisclosed) won't suit up for Tuesday's Game 7 versus the Golden Knights, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Sets new personal best in points
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 31, 2019
Donskoi picked up an assist in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Flames.
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Supplies assist
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 21, 2019
Donskoi registered an assist in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Kings.
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Reaches 20 helpers
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 13, 2019
Donskoi dished an even-strength assist in 11:38 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Winnipeg.
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Picks up pair of helpers
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 3, 2019
Donskoi recorded two assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
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