But Donovan isn't mopping around speaking out to the press about his lack of playing time. Rather the 24-year-old Oklahoma native is taking things in stride and remaining prepared for when his name is called to jump into the Islanders lineup.
"Anything can happen and injuries happen," Donovan told Islanders Point Blank. "So you just have to stay ready and work hard everyday. When I get my chance I'll play the way I know I can."
Donovan has not suited up since April 13 when the Islanders played the Buffalo Sabres in the final game of the season. The Islanders upgraded their defense just before the start of the regular season by adding Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk via trade, but the team's blue line has continued to have hiccups and injures have already taken place for New York.
But Donovan still has not been able to find a spot on the roster through the first nine games.
"For me, like you said, no one likes to sit out when they're healthy," Donovan explained. "I was frustrated from the first game when I wasn't playing. But it's one of those things where I'm happy to be here. I'm happy to be in the NHL and just have to have a good attitude and continue to work hard until I get my chance."
He said that his conversations with Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano have been good and that they want Donovan to just hang in there. "They know what I'm going through and how tough it is," Donovan said.
The Islanders are off to one of their best starts in quite some time and Donovan has had a front row seat through the first nine games. The Isles -- 6-3-0 through that span -- now begin a five game west coast road trip.