By John Vogl
Junior team: London (OHL)
Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Measurables: 5-foot-9, 185 pounds
2012-13 stats: 64 games, 39 goals, 48 assists, 87 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 19 (North America)
Lowdown: There’s no doubt being the son of an NHL player has certain perks. Domi, for example, grew up sharing the ice with stars such as Mats Sundin, Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts while his dad, Tie, played for Toronto. Max Domi learned how to be a pro from a young age.
There can be drawbacks, as well. Opponents see the name on the back of the sweater and take their best shot. But Domi’s main obstacles have included Type 1 diabetes and inheriting his dad’s lack of height. The compact, powerful forward wears an insulin pump during games and monitors his glucose levels on the bench and at intermission.
Domi has overcome the challenges so far. He’s strong like his pugilistic father, but he’s mainly a scorer. He had a hat trick in his OHL debut and has continued to torment goaltenders. He has top-level speed and an impressive touch around the net. The concern is whether he’ll get pushed around by bigger players at the NHL level, but the name Domi carries a reputation for fighting through obstacles.
He said it: "It’s a blessing to be able to hang around with guys like Mats Sundin, Mario Lemieux, ask them questions and learn from them, obviously. It’s definitely beneficial for me. It’s a lot of fun to be around them.” – Domi.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.
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