EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Sullivan is in his first season with the Coyotes as the team’s Development Coach. He oversees all pro player development including working with coaches and players in the Coyotes’ minor league system. Recently, Steve spoke with ArizonaCoyotes.com to discuss the progress of the team’s top prospects:
PROSPECT: Max Domi
DRAFTED: 2013 (12th overall)
CURRENT TEAM: London Knights (OHL)
"Max is an extremely dynamic offensive player. The stuff he can do on the ice is hard to teach and only a very few people can get away with what he does on the ice."
"He is an extreme competitor and works hard all over the ice, but he is a talent offensively and something that we need in the near future to score and set up plays. He will be something great coming on."
"He was named captain of London and took on a leadership role, which he didn’t really have before, and took strides in that area. Talking with (teammate Christian) Dvorak, those guys really respect him as their captain."
"How fast will we see Max? Very soon. He won’t need much more seasoning. Going back to Junior was the best thing for him. (It was) probably tough for him to go back, but he has passed it with flying colors."
|Max Domi. Photo by Getty Images. |
"He is arguably the best player in Canada as a 19 year old. At World Juniors he was probably the MVP on everybody’s tongue across the country. When I go up there everybody wants to talk about Domi and how great he has been."
"He has been great with the media, has the right answers and knows how to speak with them. He will be a big centerpiece when he comes to the NHL and it won’t be a distraction for him."
"I love talking to him because his self-analysis is right on. He is not fooling anybody and he knows when he is good or not good, and it is more me reminding him than teaching and it is really fun to talk to him."
"He is just a really good kid, understands it and is a good person. I think he is humbled with all the success he has had so far and is just relishing the chance to play. He loves the game of hockey and just wants to play in the NHL. That is his dream."