NHL Prospect Report: Can The Coyotes’ Louis Domingue Continue To Thrive?

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by Ray Kuhn

Where did Louis Domingue come from? After spending five years in the QMJHL to limited acclaim hehas been bouncing around the ECHL and AHL since 2012. The now 23-year old goaltender has not garnered much attention, and he also has not done much to stand out.

The Arizona Coyotes have surprised many observers this season as their young players have propelled them right into the playoff race. It’s the timing and acceleration in development that some of them have shown is what has caught observers off guard.

For example, no one could have predicted we would be talking about Domingue. Quite frankly he was on no one’s radar as last season he appeared in just 20 AHL games with moderate success (2.68 GAA and .908 save percentage). In fact he has never been much more than an average goaltender. Derek Neumeier said this about him this week for the Hockey Writers (click here for the article):

“The 6’3″ stopper was just a 5th round pick of the Coyotes back in 2010 and never particularly stood out at the AHL level. To his credit, however, he’s looked very impressive at the NHL level, combining his ideal frame with surprisingly quick reflexes and a very good ability to read the play in front of him.”

During his time in juniors Domingue’s GAA ranged from 2.32 to 2.81 (with his best mark coming when he appeared in just 12 games) and his save percentage was between .898 and .930. In what could be classified as his best season he appeared in 57 games in the 2010-11 season putting up a 37-12-3 record, though he had a .898 save percentage and 2.65 ERA.

Prior to being promoted he spent 13 games in the AHL and had a 6-6-1 record with a 2.55 GAA and .919 save percentage. Domingue has improved on that with a 9-5-3 record with the Coyotes, after Arizona was essentially out of healthy options, putting a 2.31 GAA and .924 save percentage with two shutouts.

At this point you could say that he has, at least temporarily, saved Arizona’s season even though he was pulled on Tuesday after allowing five goals in 25 shots. What can we expect from him moving forward? Here is the scouting report the Hockey News has on Domingue:

Assets: At 6-3, 210 pounds, he has an excellent frame for the goaltending position. Is also a good athlete with natural puck-stopping ability.
Flaws: Will need to prove he can become a 60-game goaltender in the professional ranks (his career high in junior hockey was 57 games).
Career Potential: Decent goaltender with some upside.

 

He is still just 23, so it is possible he isn’t done developing. In his brief time in the NHL Domingue has shown that he belongs, but his future is likely more as that of a marginal starter than an All-Star.

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