Former Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan is leaving the NHL. He signed a one-year contract with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish League.
Donovan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders. He played 67 games with New York between 2011-12 and 2014-15, but was never able to become a regular on the Islanders’ blue line.
Last off-season, Donovan signed a one-year deal, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres. He spent three games on the Sabres roster, but never dressed for a game.
“I know Johan Sundström from Bridgeport and have only heard good things about Frölunda Gothenburg from him,” said Donovon, in a release (quotes have been translated).
“I know Frolunda are a good team with good coaches. I want to return to the NHL and believe that this step is the right way.”
Frolunda, who won the championship last season, have a few of former NHLers on their roster. Donovan will join the likes of Sundstrom, Joel Lundqvist (Henrik’s brother), Spencer Abbott, Joey Crabb and Oliver Lauridsen.