The Opportunity Cost of Max Domi

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Max Domi Pro: He’s got the Scorepower Arizona Needs

Sep 27, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Max Domi (15) celebrates after a goal by right wing Radim Vrbata (17) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, yeah, I know- it was the OHL. There’s virtually no guarantee that Domi’s success will translate.

Putting that aside for a moment, though, Max Domi knows how to score- and often. During his 2012-2013 season with the London Knights, he fired off 39 goals and 48 assists to finish up the regular season with 87 points. Then, he got drafted twelfth overall- and managed to put up an average of a point and a half in every game he played. In only 61 games, the center-turned-winger pushed his production levels to end up with 93 points.

Even when his numbers are lower than normal, they’re still pretty high. His 2011-2012 season saw him put up a measly 49 points, which sounds laughable when you think about it. Even during his multiple playoff runs, he fired off at least a point a game- in 2013, his 21-game playoff run saw him record 32 points, and this past spring, he had four goals and six assists during the nine games London played in the Memorial Cup.

While his scorepower is obviously above average, though, the thing that really gets him brownie points is the number of assists he used to supplement his 30-plus goal seasons. Just take a look at his record-

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This kind of high goal- and even higher assist- record suggest that not only is Domi versatile as a player, but he’s developing a sense of when to pass and when to score some clutch goals of his own. Should he keep this up, this could be just the player the Arizona Coyotes need- after all, hasn’t the topic of the summer been the need for the Coyotes to add more score power?