Jets Draft Preview - Max Domi

Brett Martin
June 17 2013 05:21PM

Max Domi

  • 5'9, 197LB
  • Center
  • Shoots Left
  • 39G, 48A = 87 Points in 67 regular season games for the London Knights this year.
  • Son of former Jet Tie freakin' Domi!
  • (My) NHL Comparable (based on watching 2.5 games of him in the Memorial Cup) - Daymond Langkow with both offesnive and nastiness upside.

A lot of Articles you read have an introductory statement. This piece is no diffirent. In fact, we're already well over two sentences deep into the opening comment on this Max Domi writeup. Now that we're already well into things, let's take a closer look at 2013 NHL Draft prospect Max Domi of the OHL's London Knights, one of the potential picks of your Winnipeg Jets with the 13th Pick of Round One.

What's Great?

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Check that shi tremendous display of Hockey ability out! I would like to make this clear right from the start: I am sold on Max Domi. Can you believe that pass? Look at how many people he's injured! In fact, slightly above 66% of the Clips above feature players who wish Max Domi never crossed their path. That's my kind of player! And, fortunately for JetsNation, the Nations Mock Draft has the Winnipeg Jets ending up with Domi. Lucky us! How could you not be sold on Domi? If you're not yet, allow me to completely change your mind.

PAIN!

This guy makes people hurt. We must remember that this is Hockey, not the Mall. Physical Intimidation and Pain-Giving Ability are excellent traits to have in a player on your team.

SICK HANDS

No, he doesn't have Dupuytrens Contracture - what he does have, though, are the hands and vision of an elite hockey player. That pass to Bo Horvat in the Memorial Cup was Datsyuk'ian like. You can't teach hands like that.

BLOODLINES: DOMIS AND JETS MIX WELL

His dad is Tie Domi for profanity's sakes! You can't measure heart - well you can, but it's messy - but Tie Domi had it in spades. When he was acquired from the New York Rangers (along with Kris King in exchange for Eddie Olcyzk) in December 1992, he arrived primarily as chief protector of Super Rookie in-progress, Teemu Selanne. It was a role he flourished in. Teemu was beyond amazing that year, but having Tie Domi on the wing with him signifigantly lessened the punishment he would face in game in and game out. And Tie was more than just fists. That famous goal where Selanne broke Bossy's record and shoots down his glove? Tie Domi set it all up with a gorgeous flip pass from three zones away. There is more than just ruthless physicailty in the Domi Hockey DNA. There's good Mojo with Domi's in Winnipeg - let's hope it continues.

WHAT'S BAD?

Repeatedly calling your grandmother stupid at the dinner table on her Birthday. How could you? 

When it comes to Max Domi, though, the way I see it, not much. He could be taller, I suppose. But there's more superb NHL players under 5"10 than there are over 6"6. He also looked like he was trying to do everything and be a little too cute with the puck on occasion. I'm sure when you're a supremely talented Hockey player, you can do all sorts of neat tricks with the puck, but sometimes the best play can be to chuck it at the net blindly. I'm sure, though, that an NHL coach would beat the fancy-nancy out of him, which I imagine would make him an even more effective player.

Also bad is his rising stock. He was a late First-round prospect earlier in the Year, but his strong regular season and playoffs have shot him up to as much high as a Top 10 pick in some Mock drafts. So, he may not be around at the 13th pick, which is bad. 

WHAT ARE THE SCOUTS SAYING?

Dave Burstyn at McKeens's Hockey has this to say:

Max Domi (C/W, 2013), London – can attribute his success this season to the work he put in during the summer – adding 12 pounds of muscle, primarily in his core and lower body .. small in terms of size, yet already possessing leg and trunk strength that rivals some NHLers .. extremely tough to knock off the puck because he is so balanced and strong on his skates .. benefits from the added strength which makes him harder on the puck now when engaging in the trenches, traffic areas, and along the boards .. a shifty player – backed by above-average speed .. boasts multiple levels of quickness due to a short, compact stride that swallows up ice .. generates tremendous acceleration and speed while executing crossovers .. stays low to the ice and is always navigating with head fakes and dekes to side-step opponents .. a most lethal counter-attack threat, extremely effective when playing high in the defensive zone and exploiting his swift acceleration gear to get a jump on the opposition .. reaches full speed within a handful of strides, and can be a real challenge to stop .. able to change the complexion of a game .. capable of taking the puck end-to-end – and can burn a goalie from 25-to-30 feet out with a sizzling wristshot that explodes off his stick .. gradually becoming more mature in terms of his offensive play, and specifically puck distribution .. does a decent job passing the puck, a criticism that plagued him as a rookie .. still has a real hunger for the puck, however now is starting to exhibit better patience in his approach play .. more confident holding the puck and curling back once he gains the offensive zone – and can stickhandle while standing still in order to create a passing lane .. his development as a playmaker adds dimension to his offensive repertoire and makes him that much more difficult to play against .. always around the puck when he is on the ice, albeit can ‘ride the pine’ occasionally in even-strength, 5-on-5 situations, when the coaches are concerned about his defensive intensity .. shows marked improvement in his overall defense however, yet comes up alarmingly flat and static as a checker in his own zone at times .. must continue to round out his game and learn how to fully exploit his skating, strong competitive nature, and superior puck skills.

While Corey Pronman has this to say of the man he ranks 9th in this Years Draft:

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. Ranking explanation: Domi is similar to Hunter Shinkaruk in many regards. They are both small forwards who skate well, work hard, and possess the offensive ability to score. They handle the puck with proficiency, and they both possess high-end hockey IQ. This is a marginal decision, at best. Domi is a slightly better skater and puck possessor, but Shinkaruk's size is better suited for NHL success. It is a close decision, but I ultimately prefer Domi based on how much I have liked him on tape.

WWWD?

Who knows? GM Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn't really keep in updated on his plans. Yet still I write... 

What he should do is tear up all those scouting reports in front of him, go directly here to JetsNation, read this take on Max Domi, and then chill out at the Lake/Ocean/Waterslide until June 30th, his mind thorougly and easily convinced of his needing to select Max Domi. Hey - just remember nothing is impossible.

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Brett Martin is a Stand Up Comic who's been featured on the Comedy Network, SiriusXm Radio, and live everywhere across Canada. But before all that, he grew up in Winnipeg as an obsessive and completely biased Jets fan. Much to his delight, he is one once again. Twitter @brettmartinlive
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