Max Domi has shown signs of brilliance and could be on the verge of displaying his offensive talents even more for the Arizona Coyotes.
He will be on the number-one line
It has been mentioned that Max Domi will more than likely be playing on the first-line along with newly acquired center Derek Stepan and Anthony Duclair. This line could be a dynamo for scoring and making things happen.
Arizona need that infusion of offense to compete in the tough Pacific Division and even tougher Western Conference. With the likes of the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, and Minnesota Wild to contend with, the hill is high to climb.
Domi missed 23 games last season when he injured his hand in a fight. Hopefully, he learned from that experience that while his toughness is welcomed, his scoring is even more vital for this team to succeed. He accumulated 27 goals, 63 assists over his first two seasons.
It should be fairly evident to most of the NHL who has watched or been in a fight with Domi, that he won’t back down from anyone.
Ask Ryan Kesler, whom Domi handled rather easily when the two squared off last season. In other words, he doesn’t need to establish himself as a tough guy. He needs to show his team and his new Head Coach Rick Tocchet that he can be a leading scorer in the desert.
Max Domi has all the skills to be a top scorer
The only thing Domi may lack is size. At 5’10”, 198lbs he stands his ground and is not easy to knock off his skates with his low center of gravity. He looks like a fireplug out there skating around.
His top notch puck handling skills, along with his excellent skating prowess set him apart from lesser players. He has a wicked wrist shot, and uncanny speed to either get open himself, or pass it to a line-mate.
And now he will have a veteran (if 27 years-old is a “veteran”) who is a skilled playmaker in Stepan who can feed him the puck. Stepan has had 232 assists in seven seasons (including the shortened 2012/13 season) which amounts to 33 assists a year.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to calculate where the majority of those helpers will come from.
When you add in the Duclair factor of the Killer “D’s” knowing each other’s moves and displaying that rare chemistry on the ice, this line should have no problem finding the back of the net.
And Domi should be able to light the lamp at least 25 times with that kind of assistance. Duclair really needs to break out of his terrible sophomore slump where he only tallied 5 goals in 56 games. His first season with the Coyotes was more like it.
He brought home 20 goals and 24 assists with help from his buddy Domi accounting for many of them. You could just see the magic the two developed and it can be assured that new Head Coach Rick Tocchet will see to it that he re-ignites that duo once again.
Domi can be a penalty killer too
Besides showing off his power play abilities, Domi was initiated last season into doing some penalty killing. Then Head Coach Dave Tippett recognized with the 22-year-old’s uncanny puck handling skills, he would be a definite asset on the PK.
This can only allow Domi to hone his complete hockey skills to the point of him being compared to the new, young superstars of the NHL. Now he may not be compared to Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid, but he won’t be an average player by any stretch of the imagination.
The 2015 World Junior champion also does all this while being afflicted with Type-1 diabetes. He’s been a spokesman for finding a cure for the disease, and helps other kids who contract the disease early in life.
That along with his leadership abilities will assist him going a long way into developing into a NHL All-Star. It probably wouldn’t be too much to expect him to become an alternate captain soon. He’s the kind of player who takes command and gets the job done.
If you’re excited about the prospect of Max Domi becoming an important ingredient in the Coyotes’ future success… then join the bandwagon.
He’s a special player, and he’s about to show everyone why.
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