CBJ acquires C Max Domi, third-round pick for Josh Anderson in 2020 draft

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Max Domi and a third-round pick, 78th overall, to advance to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2020 NHL Draft. Josh Anderson, The club’s general manager and alternative governor, Jermao Kekalainen, announced today.

Domi has recorded 81 goals and 170 assists for 251 points with 25, 300 penalty minutes and a +4 plus / minus rating in 375 career NHL games with the Montreal and Arizona Coyotes. Last season, he finished 17-27-44 in 71 outings with the Canadians and third in the club in 35 PIMs, goals and points. He added three game-winning goals and went 1-10-11 in the power play.

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“Strengthening our club’s position is a priority for our club and we are extremely excited to add Max Domi’s talent and character to the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Keckelainen said. “He is a skilled playwright who also brings patience and competition, and we think he will be a great pair for our team.”

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was selected by the Coyotes in the first round in the 2013 NHL Draft, 12th overall. He made his NHL debut in 81 matches with the club in 2015–16 with 18–34–52 and 72 PIMs. He spent the next two seasons in Arizona before joining the Canadiens via trade in June 2018. In his first season with the club, Domi led Montreal to go 28-44-72 with 80 PIMs and A + Plus. / 82 minus rating in sports.

The 5–10–15, 192-pound axis played four seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League from 2011–15, registering 126–205–331, 275 PIMs and +94 in 244 career games. He helped win the OHL Championship in 2011–12, earned OHL Third Team All-Star honors in 2013–14, and OHL First Team All-Star honors in 2014–15 when he scored 32–70–102 and 66 in PIM Racked 57 walks.

Domi has also achieved success in international sports, winning a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships and the 2012 Ivan Hilena Memorial Cup with Team Canada. In the 2015 WJC tournament, he earned All-Star honors and was named Best Forward after collecting 5-5-10, four PIMs, +10 in seven games. He also represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championships.

At 26, Anderson has posted 212 penalty minutes in 267 penalty games and 65-50-115 with a plus / minus rating since making his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets during the 2014–15 season. Selected by Columbus in the fourth round, 95th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he recorded 17 or more goals in all four of his entire NHL campaigns, scoring 30-plus points in three seasons. He collected 1-3-4 and 17 penalty minutes in 26 competitions in 2019-20, with 44 missing the regular season and 10 due to a playoff injury.

“Jose Anderson is a fantastic hockey player and a really good person and we would like to thank him for his contributions to our club over the past several seasons and want nothing but the best in the future.”


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