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 solution for most of the Coyotes' offensive deficiencies is already a member of the organization. A proven scorer with creativity and speed was added to the mix a year ago, but he hasn't been called for duty. Until, possibly, now. Winger Max Domi is among a handful of prospects in legitimate contention for a roster spot, and the evaluation process to determine the 19-year-old's readiness started Saturday when the team opened its annual rookie camp at Gila River Arena. But gaining the NHL's stamp of approval isn't easy, and it's up to management and the coaches to decide whether the rewards of playing a teenager trump the risks. "We're all questioning how we're going to score," General Manager Don Maloney said, "and that's what (Max) does. So let's see if he can do it." What coach Dave Tippett will be looking for when assessing Domi is whether he can trust Domi when Domi's on the ice and whether or not Domi can help the team win. Scrimmages and preseason games alongside the veterans will be telling. Game situations also will enable Domi, who was taken 12th overall in 2013, to showcase his improvements — his strength on the puck, his quickness and his play in his own zone. All were offseason priorities for Domi, who used the summer to study film with previous coaches to learn how to be a more effective player when he doesn't have the puck.
Arizona Coyotes calling on rookie Max Domi for points
Arizona Republic | Sep 15