The Ottawa Senators announced on Sept. 23 that the team has signed defenceman Jorian Donovan to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Donovan, 18, is entering his second season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 2021-2022 campaign saw the Richmond, Ontario native rank second among all first year skaters with a plus/minus rating of plus 25 while leading Hamilton rookie defencemen in scoring with 22 points.
“We’ve been impressed with Jorian’s game since drafting him in July,” said Ottawa Senators general manager (GM) Pierre Dorion. “He competes hard and will be a defenceman that Hamilton leans on in every situation this season. An athletic player who skates well, getting Jorian under contract today is an important step for the future of the organization.”
Donovan is the son of Senators development coach and former Sens forward Shean Donovan. Selected by the Senators with the first of the team’s three fifth-round picks (136th overall), Donovan is the second member of Ottawa’s 2022 draft class to be signed.