No. 1 wild prospect Marco Rossi will make up for lost time

Putting a great deal of your hopes on a 21-year-old being good is usually not a good sign in the NHL. Sure, if that 21 year old kid is a genius of a generation Alex Ovechkin either Conor McDavid, Yes it works, but not at that level for anyone? That’s enough to put the burden on a young player trying to make it to the league.

The Minnesota Wild is coming off 113-point season success and starving for postseason success after failing to advance for six consecutive years. Defeat Kevin FialaAn 85-point scorer, otherwise, is a major blow to the visiting team.

No one in the organization would say that, but with no off-season move to compensate for Fiala’s loss, their eggs of converting those 85 points almost entirely fall through. Marco Rossibasket of Or, at least, replace Fiala as a dynamic threat to complement Matt Boldy, Rossi got 63 AHL games last year, but these are massive shoes to fill immediately.

But, we can forget that asking Rossi to rise to a bigger challenge was always part of Minnesota’s plans. Remember Wilde never intended to rock Victor Russky As their top center in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. That spot appeared to be reserved for Rossi straight out of the draft.

There’s an alternate universe where Rossi grabs that spot at age 19 and is completely off this list because he’s been in 130 games or so in an NHL career. I wish we knew his story having myocarditis From COVID, which pushed his timetable back by two seasons.

In between, that’s enough time for some buyer’s remorse. Three picks after Rossi, drafted by Florida Panthers anton lundell, While Rossi fought hard in Des Moines, Lundell had a prolific rookie campaign, scoring 18 goals and 44 points in 65 games as a third-line center.

Lundell played on a change of pace line, joining Sam Reinhart And Mason Marchment For pursuing the offense outside of Florida’s top-6. Had Lundell been in Minnesota, he could have done the same thing, but between Boldy and Fiala.

If only. As it stands, Rossi was in the AHL for a combination of slowing it down after a hard injury and salary cap manipulation. What weighed more in the decision? It’s up to you to guess. Rossi was limited to two NHL games, where he scored zero points and was impressed by Boldy’s excellence.

The two games shouldn’t weigh in anyone’s evaluation, except that it was the only form that got the most wild fans in Rossi. Some in the state of hockey are cool on that, but it doesn’t seem like the hype train is completely ahead. According to a fan poll conducted in June by The Athletic, nearly half (52.3%) of 5,000 Wild fans believe Rossi will experience growing pains this season.

Even at the national level, Rossi is out of sight, out of mind. Athletic’s Scott Wheeler Rossi ranked 16th on his recent top-50 list of draft prospects. 16th is great! But after the 2020 draft, before myocarditis, Wheeler kept Rossi finished third,

He has to make up for some lost time in order to re-establish himself as a typical prospect/young player in the league. 10K Rinks staff believes he can. Rossi received five of the seven first-place votes – the other two went to Walstead.

Why are we so sure? In some ways, the statistics speak for themselves. Rossi posted one of the most prolific draft seasons we’ve ever seen, scoring 120 points in 63 OHL games. After a year off, he immediately hit the ice and jumped straight into the AHL, amassing 53 points in 63 games.

He was fourth in goal (18) at Iowa Wild and tied with Kyle Rau with 53 marks. Of all AHL rookies, he finished 15th and seventh in those two categories, respectively, while finishing 11th with 157 shots on goal.

Leave aside the fact that he was one of the youngest AHLers. Don’t even think about what it took to get to that point after a year on the shelf. Just look at the track it’s playing on with just the raw numbers.

is it cool when your two biggest comparisons Daniel Briere And Nathan McKinnon, In the three seasons before the 2004–05 lockout, Brier averaged 28 goals and 82 points per score. After the lockdown, where the rules were changed to let the younger players shine, they exploded. Between the ages of 28 and 33, Brier averaged 34 goals and 78 points in 82 games.

We are sure you remember who Nathan McKinnon, a three-time Hart Trophy finalist, is. He averages 32 goals per 82 games in his career and is a career points-per-game guy. You want to look at those names when looking at your top prospect’s comparisons. And they are not opinions or a possibility being exaggerated. They are just numbers.

Now let’s include all those references to missed numbers. Namely, he missed out on a year of hockey before being the best player on the Iowa Wild. Even more interestingly, Rossi started season one with even better speed,

In his first 35 games, Rossi just wasn’t playing well in the AHL. He destroyed it. Rossi had 14 goals and 38 points at the time, meaning he was not competing only with the top players in the league. Had he finished his season at a 1.09 points-per-game pace, he would have been in the AHL’s top-20 or 25 producers at just age 20.

He then ran out of steam, scoring just four goals and 15 points in his last 28 games. What happened, and should Wild fans worry?

Probably not, and here’s why. Remember, Rossi not only played for a year. Rossi’s recovery from myocarditis required his heart to rest, meaning he couldn’t train. From January to mid-May, his exercise was limited to short walks and light mobility training. He couldn’t skate until June.

Typically, injured players can do some form of exercise to avoid muscle damage and atrophy, but the nature of Rossi’s condition meant he could not do so. Now, he’s built up enough strength to play four great months of hockey, but perhaps not enough to power through an entire 60-game season at the highest level.

It hurts doubly because strength is one of Rossi’s greatest weapons on the ice. It sounds silly to talk about a 5’9″ player who doesn’t hit much, but it’s true. their explosiveness and agility come from his quads, which is thick enough to crush a bus into a 5’x5′ cube at full health. That leg strength keeps his center of gravity low, making it difficult for Rossi to knock over the puck and unreliable on defense.

He has a full season to train and doesn’t need to start back from square one. When 10K Rinks asked Rossi about this gap in training camp, he said, “Last year there was less time to prepare for the season. Maybe after four to six weeks of doing nothing for five months, then it was really hard. And this year, I have more time to get better from the snow and prepare myself for the season. ,

We know that he will work this off-season. His path is also quite clear, as he has a great shot at playing a bigger role next to Boldy, who showed great chemistry with Rossi at training camp and Iowa last year. After two years of effort, Rossi would finally have a great shot at succeeding in the NHL role. Hopefully he will make up for the two years he lost, starting soon.

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