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Joonas Donskoi
Joonas Donskoi with the Avalanche vs Islanders on January 6, 2020 (Quintin Soloviev).jpg
Donskoi with the Colorado Avalanche in 2020
Born 13 April 1992 (1992-04-13) (age 29)
Raahe, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Seattle Kraken
Oulun Kärpät
San Jose Sharks
Colorado Avalanche
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 99th overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2009–present

Joonas Donskoi (born 13 April 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Seattle Kraken of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played with the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing career

Donskoi played with Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga under coach Lauri Marjamaki. After witnessing Donskoi not standing upright enough while skating, he recommended the forward lengthen his stick. While with Kärpät, he was drafted in the 4th round (99th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers in the 4th round (99th overall).

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Donskoi during his tenure with Kärpät.

Donskoi continued his offensive growth setting career high of 19 goals and 49 points in the 2014–15 season with Kärpät,

San Jose Sharks

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Donskoi during his tenure with the San Jose Sharks.

With his NHL rights relinquished by the Panthers, Donskoi was signed to a two-year entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks on 20 May 2015.

In his first training camp and pre-season with the Sharks, Donskoi impressed and made the club's opening night roster for the 2015–16 season. Donskoi scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, 7 October 2015, against Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. Donskoi surpassed expectations with the Sharks, cementing a regular roster position amongst the Sharks offense. In 76 games with San Jose, he compiled 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points. Helping the Sharks reach the postseason, Donskoi appeared in every game, contributing with 12 points in 23 games as the club reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history. In Game 3 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, Donskoi scored the game-winning goal in overtime, but the team lost the series in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On 12 May 2017, the Sharks re-signed Donskoi to a two-year, $3.8 million contract.

He would record 28 goals and 31 assists over the next two seasons with the Sharks before becoming a free agent.

Colorado Avalanche

As a free agent from the Sharks, Donskoi signed a four-year, $15.6 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on 1 July 2019. Donskoi recorded 16 goals and 17 assists during the 2019–20 season, which was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seattle Kraken

On 21 July 2021, Donskoi was selected from the Avalanche at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft by the Seattle Kraken.

International play

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland.svg Finland
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze 2010 Belarus

On 2 March 2016, Donskoi was named to Team Finland's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Personal life

Donskoi is one of six children; he has three brothers and two sisters. In his free time, he is interested in cars and skateboarding. After the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, he returned to Finland and paid off the debt of a skating park his childhood friend owned. He has Russian roots from his great-grandfather or grandfather.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Kärpät FIN U18 21 9 14 23 26 5 3 4 7 0
2008–09 Kärpät FIN U18 1 1 1 2 0 6 6 7 13 0
2008–09 Kärpät Jr. A 32 7 17 24 12
2009–10 Kärpät Jr. A 18 14 15 29 2 12 5 10 15 4
2009–10 Kärpät SM-l 18 2 2 4 4
2010–11 Kärpät SM-l 52 16 11 27 10 3 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Kärpät SM-l 52 8 17 25 12 6 3 3 6 0
2012–13 Kärpät SM-l 31 4 10 14 8 3 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Kärpät Liiga 60 11 26 37 10 16 4 2 6 4
2014–15 Kärpät Liiga 58 19 30 49 10 19 6 16 22 6
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 11 25 36 20 24 6 6 12 4
2016–17 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 6 11 17 10 5 0 2 2 0
2017–18 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 14 18 32 26 9 2 2 4 0
2018–19 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 14 23 37 10 12 1 2 3 4
2019–20 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 16 17 33 26 9 3 3 6 2
2020–21 Colorado Avalanche NHL 51 17 14 31 10 10 3 2 5 0
Liiga totals 351 74 119 193 64 47 14 22 36 12
NHL totals 399 78 108 186 102 69 15 17 32 10

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Finland U17 6th 5 1 0 1 2
2009 Finland U17 10th 5 1 5 6 0
2010 Finland WJC18 3 6 1 7 8 0
2011 Finland WJC 6th 6 3 3 6 2
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 3 5 0
2015 Finland WC 6th 8 5 3 8 0
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 29 8 18 26 4
Senior totals 11 5 3 8 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
Liiga
Kanada-malja (Oulun Kärpät) 2014, 2015
All-Star Team 2015
Jari Kurri Trophy (Playoff MVP) 2015
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