Boston Bruins

Stuck in a nine-game goalless drought and scuffling down the bottom of the Boston lineup, Ryan Donato has been assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, the Bruins announced Thursday.

After what was an offseason of undeniable hype and gigantic expectations after a strong stretch run in Boston (Donato left Harvard and tallied five goals and nine points in 12 games with the Bruins), the 22-year-old has sputtered to the tune of just one goal and zero assists through 11 NHL games this season.

Donato’s lone goal came on the Boston power play, too, making Donato one of just three Boston forwards without a five-on-five point this season (Noel Acciari and David Backes are the others). The Scituate, Mass. native also struggled to be his shot-heavy self, as he fired just 12 shots on goal during his 11-game run with the Bruins, and stood out for the wrong reasons as the Black and Gold’s worst possession forward this year.

The P-Bruins will play a weekend back-to-back against the Charlotte Checkers.