Joonas Donskoi
Joonas Donskoi
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
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 four-year, $15.6 million contract with Colorado in July of 2019.
Headed for Mile High City
RWColorado Avalanche
July 1, 2019
Donskoi put pen to paper on a four-year, $15.6 million contract with Colorado on Monday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
After setting career highs in goals (14), assists (23) and shooting percentage (12.2), Donskoi simply priced himself out of a deal for the cap-strapped Sharks. With the Avs, the youngster will have an opportunity to secure top-six minutes and figures to replace the production of Carl Soderberg, who was shipped off to Arizona via trade. If Donskoi can earn a spot on the power play, he could set new personal bests.
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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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Looking to free agency
RWSan Jose Sharks
June 21, 2019
Donskoi will test the free-agent market, though he hasn't ruled out a return to San Jose, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
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Provides assist
RWSan Jose Sharks
May 21, 2019
Donskoi notched a helper and two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
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Scores series-winning goal
RWSan Jose Sharks
May 8, 2019
Donskoi's first goal of the playoffs was the game-winner in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
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Returns with assist
RWSan Jose Sharks
May 4, 2019
Donskoi (undisclosed) posted an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 5.
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Ready to rock
RWSan Jose Sharks
May 4, 2019
Donskoi (undisclosed) will be available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Avalanche,'s Nick Cotsonika reports.
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