EDMOND - Matt Donovan saw his name scroll across the television screen and did a second take. Was there another Matt Donovan that was just drafted by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft?
A call from an Islanders representative about 15 minutes later confirmed that it wasn’t. Donovan, from Edmond, was the 96th selection late Friday night. Donovan, a 5-11, 185-pound defenseman, was the sole Oklahoman drafted in the seven rounds.
“I was just sitting on the couch and watching everything,” Donovan said. “I’d say the Islanders are a good fit for me, but the truth is any team is. I would have been excited no matter where I ended up.”
Donovan, who turned 18 last month, never thought this was possible so quickly, if at all. But at a camp with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League a couple weeks ago, Donovan turned heads. The Los Angeles Kings, in particular, showed a lot of interest.
This continues a successful trend for Donovan. He was the 10th overall selection by Cedar Rapids last year in the USHL Draft. And before he hits the professional ranks, he’ll spend time at NCAA powerhouse, the University of Denver. Denver won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.
“Things are just happening so fast right now. It’s a blur,” Donovan said.