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Draft Profile: Max Domi

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 9:00 AM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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