The Islander defenseman has spent a majority of the 2014-15 season watching the games, rather than playing in them. Donovan has only suited up for nine of the Isles 70 games this year. The Isles upgraded defense and depth has not given Donovan too many opportunities to get back in the lineup when injuries on the back end have occurred.
"I think we have a great defensive core," Donovan said. "There's a reason I haven't been playing a lot and that's because we have a lot of great defensemen. They've been playing well."
There have been moments of frustration for Donovan about not being able to play, but Donovan has taken the situation in stride. The Oklahoma native has went out and worked hard in practice everyday waiting for his chance.
"Obviously it is very frustrating when you're not playing," he told Islanders Point Blank. "But I think I've just tried to keep a positive attitude and hope that my chance comes. That's really all I could do. The chance is here and now I have to take advantage of it."
With the season winding down, the Islanders are beginning to use back-to-back games as opportunities to rest some players as they prepare for a run in the postseason. Lubomir Visnovsky will sit tonight so that that he can get extra rest before the team's next game in Chicago.
Head coach Jack Capuano appears to be giving some thought to his lineup for the playoffs. He is using the lull in the final weeks of the season to give players the opportunity to rest and for others to show what they have.
"Now you really have to start to plan things as you move forward," Capuano said. "You have a game Tuesday then you don't play again until Friday. You have to sit down with your trainers and your medical staff, and make sure we're doing the right things to position ourselves to where we want to be. And making sure we have the health moving forward."
The Islanders have 11 games left following Saturday's contest against Montreal. It is very likely the coaching staff will continue to give guys nights off so that they are at full strength come April. The team is also without Nick Leddy for the next two weeks, so Donovan could see more playing time moving forward.
On the ice against the Canadiens, Donovan is just looking to show the coaches what he has. "I just have to go out there and work as hard as I can and prove to them that I can play," he said.