From my limited viewings (8 games?) I'd say that he is not nearly as aggressive physically as Richards was when he played here. Domi seems quite strong and is not afraid to go to the greasy areas. But Richards had much more of a mean streak.
What Domi is is a really gifted hockey player. And he seems to always be around the puck. He can score but also dish. He is also a much better skater than Richards was/is. While I think the Oilers need size in the #2C slot in Domi what you are getting is a guy with skill and hockey sense like Gagner who is a much better skater and a lot harder to deal with physically.
Like I've said in the past, size is great, but strength is the key. I'm really hoping that regardless of what happens with the season/draft that we walk away with an upgrade at center or a high end D.
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Sorry Fourier, I meant to respond to your message from before. I was not able to attend the game Thursday against Kitchener. Something came up last minute. Sounds like from other fans there was a questionable hit from Hamilton on Faksa?
I was a Niagara's 9-4 pounding of Guelph last night. (7 of those 9 goals came from the top line of Ritchie (4), Theoret (2), and Strome (1). When Hamilton, Strome and Ritchie go via lockout ending or trade, it's going to be an ugly season.
With Brock Beukeboom traded, 16 year old 1st round pick Aaron Haydon is getting some time playing on the back end. I really like what I'm seeing out of him. Reminds me of Dougie Hamilton at the same age. (at 6'3" he's not as big as Dougie... but Dougie was only 6'2" when drafted). IMO he wont be as good offensively, but this kid has a mean streak to him. Grew up idolizing footage of Scott Stevens
Carter Verhaeghe will go much higher on that list. He looked solid down the stretch, and was great in the playoffs. I think he is ahead of Freddie Hamilton at the same age (the numbers wont tell the same story, but Freddie had a much bigger role in his first two years due to being on weaker teams).
I agree with where you have DiFruscia though. Kid has so much potential, but lacks the speed to put it all together. He will be on the top line next year with Verhaeghe and Perlini, so if he doesn't get drafted this year, he will get another crack at it to show what he has.