Arizona Coyotes Fan Poll: Max Domi Vs. Anthony Duclair
Who Would Benefit The Arizona Coyotes More This Season, Max Domi Or Anthony Duclair?
The Arizona Coyotes are lucky enough to have the talents of two top NHL prospects from the 2013 Draft. Both Max Domi and Anthony Duclair will provide a spark to the Coyotes lackluster offense sooner rather than later. Each player has proven that they have what it takes from their time in the OHL and their efforts at the Coyotes 2015 Development Camp.
Max Domi and Anthony Duclair have a realistic shot at cracking the Arizona Coyotes roster this October. Both players have the skills that the Coyotes could use this season that would help them in pursuing the Stanley Cup. These players bring a lot to the table, and could impact the Coyotes franchise as early as this year.
Howlin’ Hockey wants to know who the fans would prefer if only ONE of these rookies were to play for the Arizona Coyotes this season. Would you like to see the skills of Max Domi, or Anthony Duclair suit up for the Coyotes this season? We break down each player, and then give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite at the end.
Max DomiSep 23, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Max Domi (15) comes from behind the net of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Max Domi was selected as the twelfth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. Max is most famous for being the son of NHL superstar, Tie Domi, but as the years go on, Max continues to show the world that he is nothing like his dad. Max holds strong playmaking abilities, as he can easily control the puck and feed his teammates a solid pass through the defense. Along with that, Domi is a goal scorer who can benefit any offense in a variety of ways.
Todd Cordell had this to say about the Arizona Coyotes superstar:
“Max Domi is quite the package. He’s loaded with skill, is a dynamic offensive player and is one of the best skaters in this year’s class. Domi’s stride is explosive, to say the least. He has an incredibly high top speed and it doesn’t take him long to reach it. Domi sees the ice very well and is an excellent playmaker. His hockey sense is through the roof and there are very few passes he can’t make. Domi isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice and has no problem filling the net, either. His hands are incredible and he can often be found stick handling in a phone booth.”
Max Domi has spent four seasons with the London Knights of the OHL, and has taken that league by storm. In 242 games with this team, Domi has scored 125 goals and 204 assists for a total of 329 points. His best season would come in 2014, where he went on to score 32 goals and 70 assists (102 points) in 57 games.
One of Max Domi’s top highlights from last season puts his hands on display with his “lob-goal” against the Sarnia Sting.
Domi’s abilities are vital to the Arizona Coyotes rebuild. Top speed, explosive strides down the ice, strong ice vision, and incredible hands are exactly what the Coyotes need. While his size isn’t ideal (5 ft. 9 in.), Max makes up for it in his skill set. If he tweaks his defensive game just a tad, Max Domi will truly be unstoppable.
Max Domi’s Player Card
Will Max Domi have the same success in the NHL this season?
Anthony DuclairOct 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Anthony Duclair (63) advances the puck during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Maple Leafs won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Duclair was drafted 80th overall by the New York Rangers in 2013. Duclair began to prove that he is a mid-draft gem with his performance at the Rangers development camp and preseason. He impressed management so much that he would eventually make the final roster as a rookie entering the 2014-2015 season. Duclair wouldn’t remain in the NHL for long before being sent back down to the QMJHL Quebec Remparts.
During his brief 18 game tenure in the big leagues, Duclair would score his first career goal and notch six assists. So, how did Duclair make is way to the desert? Anthony Duclair was part of trade at the deadline that shook up the entire Arizona Coyotes roster.
That trade went down like this:
F, Anthony Duclair
D, John Moore
2016 1st Round Pick
2015 2nd Round Pick
D, Keith Yandle
D, Chris Summers 2015 4th Round Pick
The Arizona Coyotes swapped out one of their most valuable assets in Keith Yandle for the young-gun by the name of Anthony Duclair. Each side seems to benefit from this deal initially, but in time the Coyotes will begin to see that they came out ahead.
Hockey’s Future praises Duclair as:
“A speedy sniper, Duclair relies on his great skating ability to create chances and has dynamic offensive talent to make the most of the opportunity. With the ability to make plays at top speed and sizzling acceleration, Duclair often only needs the slimmest of openings before he’s on the attack. More of a shoot-first player, Duclair’s shot is extremely accurate, but he needs to be more consistent. Furthermore, he would be well served to round out his game and add significant strength.”
Duclair has proven that he has what it takes to play at the next level. He knows how core NHL offenses run, with his brief time as a New York Ranger. Along with that, Duclair has spent considerable time in the QMJHL, where he has bettered his performance on the ice.
Anthony spent a total of three seasons in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts for a total of 177 games. During his time with Quebec, Duclair tallied a total of 101 goals and 114 assists for 215 points. Last season he lit it up with 50 goals and 49 assists (99 points) in 59 games.
Duclair has hit the ground running with the Arizona Coyotes this offseason. He has amazed the entire organization with his speed and skating ability. Along with that, he has a beautiful wrist shot that he can’t wait to put on display at Gila River Arena.
Duclair and Domi have chemistry from being on the same line for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships this year. In seven games with Team Canada, Anthony Duclair scored four goals and four assists on the road to a gold medal. Those skills will help the Coyotes move forward.
Anthony Duclair’s Player Card
Will Anthony Duclair break-out this season for the Arizona Coyotes?