The Phoenix Coyotes have made some strides towards improving their lackluster offense this summer, an improvement which is reflected in the signing of Mike Ribeiro. But he’s not the only intriguing offensive talent that the Coyotes could boast in their lineup next season.
The Coyotes selected young Max Domi from the London Knights with the 12th overall pick in the draft back at the end of June. It didn’t take long for the buzz to begin in the desert surrounding the son of former enforcer Tie Domi, but it’s pretty clear that he is a very different player from his father.
While Tie Domi was known in the league for dropping the mitts, Max Domi will be known for putting the puck in the back of the net. One of the better offensive talents available in an absolutely loaded draft, Domi flashed some of that talent last week at prospect camp, and has a chance to crack the Coyotes roster to start the season.
Already locked up on his entry level contract, Domi has huge offensive upside for a Coyotes team that doesn’t have a ton of it. He’s a pure scorer, and has an absurd ability to handle the puck. He’s prone to overdoing it with the puck at times, holding onto it too long and getting into trouble when he should pass, but that’s adjustment he can make.
That ability to handle the puck makes him a threat both in putting the puck in the net, and dishing the puck off to his teammates. He’s a little cannonball in the middle, and should prove to be a tough guy to handle for opposing teams. As a center, though, there might not be room for him at this point, between the likes of Ribeiro, Antoine Vermette, and Martin Hanzal.
Whether the Coyotes would want to throw him out on the wing remains to be seen. Consider that, and the fact that Domi is a bit undersized, and you have a case against him joining the Coyotes to start the year. Nonetheless, he’s a supremely talented offensive player, and could be just the type of piece this Coyotes team needs heading into next year. Of course, training camp and the preseasoncould determine where we see young Max Domi next year.