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5 Things That Max Domi Will Bring to the Maple Leafs?

Max Domi is not like his father Tie as a player. However, he’ll bring some special qualities to the team. What are they? How can he help?

I have to admit that the idea of Max Domi signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs hit me – at first – as sort of ho-hum. However, as I consider what he might bring to the team, my excitement is growing.

In this post, I’ll share what I think are some of the things that Domi might bring to the team this season.

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What Max Domi Brings #1: He’s a Skilled Playmaker

Max Domi brings several valuable qualities to the Maple Leafs. There might be some misconceptions about him because there’s some confusion with his father Tie Domi. But, Max Domi is not primarily known for his fighting. Instead, he is a skilled playmaker who brings the potential to contribute to the team’s offense in a significant way.

Max Domi Dallas Stars interview
Max Domi when he was with the Dallas Stars

What Max Domi Brings #2: He Can Be a Scorer

Domi had a solid 2022-23 season with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars. He showcased his offensive abilities both in the regular season and in the playoffs. With the lowly Blackhawks, he scored 49 points in 60 games. Interestingly, when he jumped to a more skilled Stars team, he only put up seven points in 20 games. However, during the playoffs, he produced 13 points in 19 games. He also showed a willingness to get involved by taking 52 penalty minutes.

What Max Domi Brings #3: He Can Be an Agitator

Although he’s not a prolific hitter or a fighter like his father Tie, Max does bring tenacity to his game. He has the ability to get under opponents’ skin. This attribute makes him a valuable asset in terms of creating scoring opportunities and providing a spark on the ice.

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What Max Domi Brings #4: He Can Replace Players Who Were Lost

When looking at the Maple Leafs’ roster, Domi can fill a role similar to what Alexander Kerfoot brought to the team. In fact, he will probably be an offensive upgrade (for less money) than Kerfoot. Domi’s arrival gives the team an upgrade in terms of skill level and offensive production.

What Max Domi Brings #5: He’s a Player Who Wants to Play Here

It’s worth noting that Domi has wanted to play for the Maple Leafs for a long time. Given his family’s Maple Leafs’ resume, there’s a desire to also play in his hometown of Toronto. In fact, there’s a good chance Domi will remain with the team after this season.

The Bottom Line

Given what Domi could potentially bring to the team, he’s looking more and more like a keeper. Maple Leafs’ fans should expect that Domi will bring a committed and consistent effort that will likely help make him a fan favorite.

His playmaking and willingness to compete tenaciously will make him a valuable addition to the team. As long as Domi contributes and gives his all on the ice, he should find a home in the Maple Leafs organization for a long, long time.

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  1. Al Mac

    July 11, 2023 at 12:52 am

    I worry about the overall defensive game of the Leafs next year. Very happy to have Domi, though.

  2. gfinale

    July 11, 2023 at 5:33 am

    If we think of Bertuzzi as more than replacing Bunting, and Domi as more than replacing Kerfoot or being better than Jarnkrok anywhere they play then that’s what has happened along with much more tenacity and determination from both. There is even a chance that Domi and Bertuzzi switch places. I believe the only person currently on the Leafs or Marlies able to be in the mix for those 2 top 6 positions is Knies.

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