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NHL Network Names Domi, Stone and Duclair as 'Breakout' Players in 2015-16

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

NEW YORK -- Researchers and producers from NHL Network have picked their top 40 breakout players of the 2015-16 season for a special program to be broadcast this summer.

The Coyotes, along with the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, co-lead the League with three players named to this list: Max Domi (No. 22), Michael Stone (No. 33) and Anthony Duclair (No. 37).

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who notched 20 goals and 57 assists in 82 games last season, was ranked first on the list.

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22. Max Domi, F, Arizona Coyotes


Domi, the son of former NHL player Tie Domi, made his much-anticipated NHL debut in October. He finished with 18 goals and 52 points in 81 games. Domi scored a goal and had an assist in his first NHL game and had multiple points in three of his first four games. Domi had five multigoal games, including a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 12.

Among rookies, Domi, 21, was second in assists (34) and third in points. He had three power-play goals and 15 power-play points (fifth on the Coyotes). Domi had an 11.5 shooting percentage, was plus-three and averaged 16:22 of ice time in 81 games.

33. Michael Stone, D, Arizona Coyotes


On a team with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, one of the premier defensemen in the League, Stone made a name for himself in his fifth season with the Coyotes. He had six goals and career highs with 30 assists and 36 points. Stone did most of his damage on the power play; he had 14 power-play points (all assists) after putting up 13 power-play points in 204 games prior to 2015-16.

Stone, 26, averaged 22:27 of ice time per game, second on the Coyotes behind Ekman-Larsson (24:46). He had seven two-point games and four point streaks of at least three games.

37. Anthony Duclair, F, Arizona Coyotes


Duclair was a big piece of the trade that sent Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers on March 1, 2015, and he had a solid rookie season in Arizona; his 20 goals ranked fifth among first-year players, and his 44 points ranked seventh.

Duclair, 20, didn't take a lot of shots but made the most of the ones he did take; with a shooting percentage of 19.0, he was tied for fourth in the League among players who took at least 50 shots. He ranked third on the Coyotes in goals, scored two game-winners and had his first NHL hat trick in his third game of the season, a 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks.

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