The hope for Max Domi and the Arizona Coyotes this season was that the 20-year-old left winger would step into the lineup and be able to handle the challenge of top-six minutes in the NHL. So far, Domi has looked more than capable.
In his first career game, Domi notched a goal and an assist against the Los Angeles Kings. But Domi was held pointless in his second outing, which is how many thought the season would go for the youngster — one big game and maybe a few held off the score sheet. That hasn’t quite been the case. In his third and fourth career games, Domi has managed a goal and assist in each, giving him six points in four NHL contests. And Thursday night, he scored his goal in style.
After a puck was flipped down ice toward Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, Domi gave chase. Spurgeon batted at the puck but Domi, with some slick hand-eye coordination, batted the puck down, deked Spurgeon and fired a perfect shot five-hole on Minnesota netminder Devan Dubnyk. Take a look:
That’s almost unfair. It’s not the first time Domi has shown his insane hand-eye skills off, either. Some may recall his goal last season with the London Knights, where Domi flipped a puck over a hard-charging goaltender before tapping it out of the air and into the net.
Domi is coming off of a career-best 32-goal, 102-point season with the OHL’s Knights and has been a force for the 3-1-0 Coyotes. Of the 12 goals Arizona has scored, Domi has been in on half. If he keeps this up, the Calder Trophy might be calling his name.