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Draft Profile: Max Domi

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 9:00 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Draft Profile: Max Domi
Each weekday leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft on June 30, CarolinaHurricanes.com will profile one player we believe might be available for Carolina’s fifth pick. Previous Profiles: Aleksander Barkov | Related Links: 2013 NHL Draft Preview | Hurricanes Draft History




Tie Domi was revered by fans of the teams he played for and reviled by the opposition, recording over three times as many penalty minutes (3,515) as games played (1,020) in his 16-year-plus NHL career.

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His son, Max, is blazing a new trail.

Max, 18, is an electric offensive weapon. He’s a prolific goal-scorer and an equally thrilling playmaker.

In his first season in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, Domi scored 21 goals and posted 28 assists (49 points) in 62 games. In his September 2011 debut, Domi potted a hat-trick and added an assist in an 8-0 London victory.

In 2012-13, Domi nearly doubled his production, pacing his team in goals, assists and scoring with 39 goals and 48 assists. His 87 points ranked tied for eighth in OHL scoring. During London’s franchise-record 25-game winning streak from Nov. 1, 2012 through the end of the calendar year, Domi posted 14 goals and 14 assists (28 points). In the OHL playoffs, he led London to a second straight championship, scoring 32 points (11g, 21a) in 21 games.

“Max is a very dynamic, explosive young player,” said Tony MacDonald, the Hurricanes’ director of amateur scouting. “He has a low center of gravity, and he’s a tough guy to defend because of his speed. He has great speed, and he utilizes it well.”

MAX DOMI
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HOMETOWN: TORONTO, ONTARIO
HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 185
BIRTHDAY: MARCH 2, 1995 (AGE 18)

Domi grabbed headlines and video views a month ago with his between-the-legs saucer pass to London teammate and fellow draft prospect Bo Horvat, a textbook illustration of his dynamic abilities.

“That was an incredible play,” MacDonald said. “People who were at the game, a lot of them didn’t see it. The play happened quickly, and it was in the net. When they showed it on the video board, everyone was going, ‘Wow.’ But that’s the kind of skill he has.”

Past the midway point of the second period on the power play, Domi streaked into the offensive zone, briefly losing the puck. It was picked up by Seth Griffith, who got it back to Domi. With the puck in his skates, Domi went through his legs to finagle the puck over the defenseman’s stick and onto Horvat’s tape for the mid-air finish.

“Some might consider that a bit of a hot dog play, but it really wasn’t,” MacDonald said. “It was a play that he was forced to make to make that play. It was a big play at the time and a great pass.”

Listed at 5-foot-9, an inch below his father’s height, Domi is a tad undersized. But what the Toronto, Ontario, native lacks in height, he makes up for in speed and strength, weighing in at 185 pounds.

“I don’t consider that to be a smaller player. He’s a little shorter in stature, but he’s a powerful guy who is quick and smart,” MacDonald said. “He understands the game very well, and he competes at a high level on a consistent basis.”

Though he might not have inherited the pugilistic tendencies of his father, Max possesses just as much determination and grit. His work ethic on and off the ice is lauded, as he copes with Type 1 diabetes.

Domi compares his game to Zach Parise, who is similar in size at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds yet still a dangerous offensive threat.

The NHL’s Central Scouting ranks Domi 19th among North American skaters, a slight uptick from his 23rd midterm ranking. But, with his game-breaking offensive flair and speed, Domi could very well be off the board in the first 15 selections on draft day.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60