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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60