Max Domi has a phenomenal mentor heading into his NHL career; his dad. But don’t think he’s the same as Tie Domi, this kid is much more polished offensively. By Corey Cahill.
Max Domi, son of former NHL tough-guy and enforcer Tie Domi, has a much different skill set than his dad did. Max is a 5’10” forward that plays for the London Knights of the OHL where he led his team in scoring with 71 points (39G, 48A). He led the Knights to an OHL championship and finished second in scoring in the playoffs with 32 points (11G, 21A) in 21 games.
Domi has tons of skill in the offensive zone. Even though he is undersized, he is strong on the puck and has the speed it takes to play at the next level. Along with his explosiveness, Domi is a fantastic playmaker who has great touch as a passer. According to some scouts, he is one the most talented forwards in this year’s draft. Here is an example of his talent where Domi makes a saucer pass between the legs to teammate, and NHL prospect, Bo Horvat in an OHL regular season game. But one of the more intriguing attributes of Domi, is his physicality. He is known for getting under the skin of opponents and drawing penalties just like his dad did. Domi is a team player and is willing to do anything to win, a trait NHL coaches can not teach.
He has everything necessary to compete against NHL defenses immediately, but just like any other 18 year-old kid he has a lot to learn on defense. Domi lacks the understanding of how to assert himself as a defender and often is caught puck watching. He also hangs too high in the defensive zone in hopes for a quick breakout pass to spring him for a breakaway opportunity. Domi is always thinking offense first and in the NHL that will need to change. Guys that have been able to play zero to little defense in the NHL haven’t made it that far. Domi’s defense isn’t the worst, but it could be a lot better.
NHL draft expert’s have Domi going anywhere from pick #10-20 in the first round, which is where I am guessing he will go too. I think somewhere close to #15. I have seen a couple mocks that have him even going in the top 10, which is understandable because of his offensive upside. I think a good landing spot for Domi would be at #14 with the Columbus Blue Jackets to add to their young roster.
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