21-Year-Old Center – Arizona Coyotes
Max Domi Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes in July 2013.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Domi (hand) is "weeks away" from returning, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Domi had yet another dominating junior season after the Coyotes returned him to OHL London, posting 102 points and a plus-24 rating over 57 games. He was named the top forward at the World Junior Championship, where he combined with fellow Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair on a dynamic line. While Domi is built like his dad (former NHL enforcer Tie Domi) at 5-foot-9 and 198 pounds, he offers far more offensive skill, which is apparent in both his point totals and highlight reel. He is expected to crack the Coyotes roster out of training camp this year and could immediately challenge for a top-six role while seeing time on the power play. While he likely won't have as much of an impact as a rookie compared to Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Domi appears to be ready to make the jump to the NHL and should quickly prove to be one of the top under-25 franchise centers in the league.
Domi had an outstanding showing with the OHLís London Knights last season, scoring 90 points and supplying 90 PIM and a plus-24 mark in 61 games. With the departures of some veteran forwards from the Coyotes' roster, Domi has a good shot to make the team and find himself among the club's top-nine forwards. Heíll still need to have a strong camp in order to make the cut, but the truth is the Coyotes need a player of his skill in their lineup, even if it comes with some growing pains. Domi could be a sleeper candidate for the Calder Trophy if he takes advantage of the opportunity.
Domi is an intriguing prospect, as Yotes' general manager Don Maloney has already named the 18-year-old as a player who could make an impact with the Coyotes this season. It will be interesting to watch training camp unfold to see how the hydrant-sized center performs. There are plenty of reasons to wonder if the smallish (5-9, 195 lb) 2013 first-round pick can keep up with the wear-and-tear of an 82-game schedule, but there's no doubt he's likely talented enough to crack the roster of a team that's hurting for an offensive spark. And he could deliver 25 to 30 points in his first campaign.