How Max Domi is Sidney Crosby-esque

Updated: December 24, 2012, 4:16 PM ET
By Victoria Matiash

With the 2013 NHL draft still several months away, some high-end prospects are easier to profile than others. In the case of Max Domi of the London Knights, it doesn't require a boatload of scouting experience to figure out this kid is going to be snagged early and enthusiastically. Heralded as a potential mid-first round selection, the 17-year-old forward boasts an impressive package of agility, quickness, intelligence, great hands and an admirable shot. In fact, Knights assistant coach Dylan Hunter is prepared to offer the ultimate compliment in regards to Domi's mobility.

"He has extensive offensive skills and his skating ability is -- and I hate to say it -- but Crosby-esque," Hunter admitted, ahead of the Knights' recent 21st straight victory. "You never want to compare (your player) to someone like that, but he has a very strong lower torso, so his center of gravity is amazing."

A different competitor than his father, NHL alum Tie Domi, Max is more skilled playmaker than tough-guy agitator. But the son -- listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds -- appears to have inherited his father's sense of determination and tenacious nature. And once you talk to the young man, it's clear he has the mind, work ethic and maturity that can only help smooth his route to the NHL. Throw in the 18 goals and 27 assists (plus-21) through 34 games and Domi's recent rise through the prospect rankings comes as little surprise.

His biggest weakness? Both the coaching staff and player agree he needs to shoot more. Small potatoes, in the grand scheme of a player's development.