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Looking to make the leap: Max Domi


How good is Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi?

His future Coyotes teammates were raving about him back in January after he scored a highlight-reel goal in the Ontario Hockey League.

“Good hands,” Coyotes’ defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson told Sportsnet.ca. “I’m really excited to see him next year. I thought he had a good training camp, but I think it’s good for him to have another year in the junior league and get ready for next year.”

Domi was in contention to make the leap to the NHL last season, but because GM Don Maloney wanted his team to be competitive, Domi was sent back to junior.

“We need to be a playoff team. That’s what’s going to get people excited and in the building,” Maloney said at the time. “Nobody has an appetite to just throw in the towel.”

Of course, the Coyotes weren’t a playoff team. Not even close.

Domi, meanwhile, went on to captain the OHL’s London Knights, scoring 32 goals and 102 points in 57 games. The 20-year-old also starred on the Canadian world junior team, scoring five goals and five assists in seven games while helping Canada win gold.

“How fast will we see Max? Very soon. He won’t need much more seasoning,” said Coyotes player development coach Steve Sullivan. “Going back to junior was the best thing for him. (It was) probably tough for him to go back, but he has passed it with flying colors.”

The 5-foot-10, 194-pound forward knows he’ll have to be able to adapt to the next level, if he is going to be an NHL regular this season.

“There’s a lot of great junior players that don’t end up playing in the NHL. You don’t want to be one of those guys,” Domi told The Arizona Republic in July. “You gotta make sure you adapt on the fly.

“Obviously, Coach (Dave) Tippett has certain expectations that he holds his players to and if you don’t uphold that, then you’re not going to cut it. You gotta make sure you’re doing everything you can to fit in.”

Coyotes drop eighth straight on home ice

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The Arizona Coyotes have dropped eight straight on home ice and seven of their last eight overall following a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Thursday night.

Antoine Vermette opened the scoring with his seventh of the season just over four minutes into the first; however, it was all Nashville after that.

Mike Fisher, James Neal and Ryan Ellis scored first period goals to give the Preds a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen added third period goals for Nashville. The Predators have now won back to back games and both meetings with the Coyotes.

“We’ve done everything from practice hard to video to anything you can imagine trying to get us out of it,” said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. “Ultimately, we have to get on the ice and get the job done if we’re going to get the results we want. Just 1-on-1 battles that we’re losing, and that’s unacceptable. We’ll just keep trying to find people to win those battles. We’re not finding the results we want so the frustration continues to build.

“But until we turn that frustration into mental resolve and getting the job done, more frustration will pile up.”

Mike Smith stopped 33 shots in the loss while Pekka Rinne picked up the win making 31 saves.

Domi in contention for roster spot with Arizona

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With top scoring forwards Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro moving on during the summer, the Arizona Coyotes are looking for help offensively.

Enter Max Domi.

The Coyotes first round pick from 2013 (12th overall) scored 34 goals and 93 points in 61 games last season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

“We’re all questioning how we’re going to score,” General Manager Don Maloney told The Arizona Republic, “and that’s what (Max) does. So let’s see if he can do it.”

NHL.com has the 5-foot-9, 185-pound center pegged as a second liner between Lauri Korpikoski and new comer Sam Gagner.

Domi’s strength on the puck, his quickness and his play in his own zone were all concerns raised by Coyotes coaching staff. The 19-year-old has spent the summer addressing the issues.

“It’s obviously something that I’ve been told to work on, so doing that and using my teammates a little better is something that I know I gotta do better at,” Domi said. “I’ve been watching video of the Coyotes and how they run things. I’ve worked on that a lot, and we’ll see how it works out.”

Domi, the son of 16-year NHL veteran Tie Domi, has proven he can score at the junior level netting 94 goals and 229 points in 187 games over three OHL seasons, but Coyotes coach Dave Tippett is interested to see if Domi can do it against the bigger, better competition the NHL presents.

“Those players are talented in juniors,” Tippett said. “They can get away with things that they can’t get away with here. There has to be a base of knowledge of structure and how to play in certain situations before you can use that skill here. That will be the test for him.”

Domi still has a year of junior hockey eligibility before he can even play in the American Hockey League, but how good will it be for his long-term development to go back to London and dominate against kids younger than him?

Arizona could have a tough decision on their hands as Domi looks to make the leap to the NHL this season.

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