It hasn’t been a banner year in Arizona. Even with fairly modest expectations, they’ve managed to disappoint, and have been so bad that most of what you read about them at the moment is astonishment at Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal differential, and speculation on where he might sign in 2019 as a UFA. The Coyotes are five points worse than the team ahead of them, the perennially terrible Buffalo Sabres, and can at least look forward to a solid position in the draft lottery, but this season doesn’t have many other bright spots. Clayton Keller would be one. The 19-year-old rookie appears to have the makings of a franchise forward, but it would probably be a better story if the Coyotes’ previous bright spots were progressing as well. But, on the surface, that hasn’t been the case for Max Domi. In his third season in the NHL, Domi has gone from averaging .642 points per game as a rookie, to .644 as a sophomore, to just .352 points per game this season. That’s a catastrophic drop in production for a high-end offensive player who, turning just 23 next month, should be entering the prime of his career. So what has happened to Domi? The strength of the team around him is undoubtedly a factor, but what jumps out right away is that Domi’s shooting percentage has gone from 11.5 per cent as a rookie, to 8.3 per cent last season, down to 2.8 per cent this year. Now whatever you think of Domi, wherever he happens to be shooting from, you’re not going to convince me that shooting 2.8 per cent is anything but bad luck. Still, we should test this by looking at his even strength numbers.
Is Max Domi’s disastrous offensive season a sign of things to come?
Sportsnet | Feb 9