Max Domi (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona Coyotes rookie Max Domi scored an outstanding goal Thursday night, picking the puck out of the air, deking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon and sniping a goal on Minnesota netminder Devan Dubnyk. Through four games, Domi has three goals and six points.
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.