|Max Domi, left, and his father Tie
LONDON, ONT. - The London Knights are expected to add Max Domi for the start of training camp Tuesday.
Knights GM Mark Hunter spent Monday trying to finalize a long-discussed deal with Kingston Frontenacs counterpart Doug Gilmour for the rights to the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi.
"We're working on it," he said.
Domi was selected by Kingston eighth overall in the OHL draft in May after expressing a desire to play in the United States to retain his NCAA eligibility. The Frontenacs, coached by former Leaf Todd Gill, opened training camp this week and Domi didn't report.
Domi scored 27 goals and 57 points in 30 games for the Don Mills Flyers minor midget team of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He had five points at the OHL Cup midget championships, where his Flyers lost in the final to the rival Toronto Marlboros.
The Knights, who picked ninth, coveted Domi but instead added forward Bo Horvat, the leading scorer in minor midget last season.
Now it appears the pair of talented rookies will get the chance to play on the same team on the OHL's biggest stage at the John Labatt Centre.
Under an OHL rule still in its infancy, teams are allowed to trade their unsigned first-rounders in exchange for draft picks and receive an additional compensatory first-round selection the following year.
In recent years, the cost of acquiring a first round no-show has been at least two second-round picks in future drafts, plus an additional higher-end pick or two.
The rebuilding Frontenacs need all the quality draft picks they can collect. The Knights, flush with picks after selling off veteran talent at the trade deadline last year, should contend for the Midwest Division title this season and could take a run at a Memorial Cup berth the following two campaigns.
Domi is sure to be a central part of that chase.
On the ice, Max is similar to dad Tie only in size and spirit. He is a highly skilled playmaker with speed and capable of breaking open games with a timely goal.
This won't be the first time Mark Hunter and Doug Gilmour, Stanley Cup teammates with the 1989 Calgary Flames, have made a trade together. In June, London sent overage import goalie Igor Bobkov, the MVP of the 2011 world junior final, to Kingston for a fifth-round pick in 2012 and the Knights' own 13th round selection in the same draft.
For those familiar with Twitter, Max Domi has his own account and has followed the tweets of just one OHL team.
It's the London Knights.
Now, it all makes perfect sense.
Born: March 2, 1995 in Toronto
Weight: 170 pounds
2010-11: Scored 27 goals and 57 points with the Don Mills Flyers minor midgets. Also recorded a goal and 3 points in 2 games with the St. Michaelís Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.