Future Watch: Louis Domingue Hockey Rookie Cards, Coyotes – Goaltenders have a special place in the hobby. It is the only position in hockey in which everybody understands that there is no perfect age or magic formula for determining when a prospect is ready to play full-time at the NHL level.
It also doesn’t matter where they get drafted. In short, nobody speculates heavily on goalie cards. For the most part, collectors accumulate most of them and hope for the best, never knowing what might happen. Louis Domingue falls under the heading of, where did he come from?
For starters, the Canadian netminder was drafted 138th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Coyotes. Then he went from junior hockey to the ECHL to the AHL and back again to the ECHL. During that span, he did have a stop in the NHL for 7 games during the 2014-15 season.
This year, an injury to Arizona’s starting backstop, Mike Smith created an opening and Domingue certainly took advantage of it. He managed to post a .912 save percentage in 39 games on a below average NHL squad. At 6′-3″, 210lbs., he has the size that teams like nowadays. He posted two shutouts and that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as his talent goes.
This netminder is a calming influence between the pipes. He has a quick glove and fast legs. His movements are so good that he can lay out for a save on one side and not be out of the play if the puck stays alive and makes its way to the other side. Players like his style because he swallows up pucks and doesn’t give up many rebounds.
Here’s a compilation video of some of his better saves and eventual wins:
Domingue will get a shot to start next season. He won’t be sneaking up on anybody, instead, he’ll be shining.
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