2013 Draft Prospect Profile #13: Max Domi
Our 14th 2013 prospect profile is on Max Domi of the London Knights of the OHL.
Team: London (OHL)
Date of Birth: March 2, 1995
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Ht: 5'9" Wt: 195 lbs
2012-2013 Regular Season Stats:
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2012-2013 Playoff Stats:
Max Domi is obviously the son of the legendary Tie Domi, but that's where their similarities end. Max is a small forward, but he brings the kind of offensive game to the table his father could only dream about. Playing with Bo Horvat has helped Domi's numbers, but he also has shown this season an ability to put the puck in the net while also making plays. He has amazing puck control, and he moves very well on his skates.
Obviously, size is a concern for Domi, but his speed and puck-handing ability do help to make up for it a bit. He also has a high motor, strong work ethic, and is strong for his size and isn't afraid of contact. With those blood lines, go figure.
Domi is ranked #19 in the final Central Scouting North American Skater rankings.
Max is the son of former enforcer Tie Domi, but he differs completely from his father in talent level. Max is a highly-skilled player who can impact an offense in multiple ways. One NHL source said he possesses clearly high-end playmaking abilities. He controls the puck, and he can make quality passes in a multitude of ways: slowing the game from the sideboards, through tight spaces in pressure, or saucers over a defender's stick. Although he is undersized at 5'9", he has very quick feet, and he displays a good level of speed and agility. He has the explosiveness a small player needs to play on a top line in the NHL. Combining his speed with his high-end puck skills makes Domi a dangerous scoring threat. Domi possesses dynamic qualities when creating offense, but often, he tries to be too fancy. He has a high on-ice work ethic and he does not shy from contact despite his size. He will need to improve his defense at the next level.
- Hockey Prospectus
Undersized pivot has extremely high skill level... Stocky frame and good strength for player of his size… Ability to play a chippy game and win puck battles... Capable as a scorer and playmaker, one of the most talented offensive players in the draft.
Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:
The Jackets need offense, and Domi brings that in spades. He's obviously undersized, but that hasn't stopped other players with the hands and the skates that Domi has from succeeding in scoring roles in the NHL. For the Jackets, his speed, his ability to control the puck, and his ability to set up teammates as well as finish would be huge assets.
Domi's willingness to engage in contact would make him a good candidate for the Columbus system. He'd be a solid guy on the forecheck, and if he shows he can play a true two-way game he would fit in very well in Columbus.
Domi in Action
This clip obviously gets its own highlight: