Does Marco Rossi have too much confidence?

Published August 25, 2021 at 9:25 PM

Drafted ninth overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, former Ottawa 67's Marco Rossi looks ready to make his NHL debut.

After appearing in just one game last year, the former player of André Tourigny has been working hard in practice to secure a spot with the Minnesota Wild.

"I know I'm in better shape than a lot of NHL players," he said. "So there's no question that I can play there. I know how good I am. I know it's going to be up to me to show that I'm ready," he added.

Rossi, who hails from Austria, has been on a tear while playing in the OHL. He scored 120 points in 56 games with the Ottawa 67's.

Since then, many rumors have surfaced about the possibility of a trade involving the 19-year-old. Rossi isn't worried about that at all.

"I've definitely seen a lot of rumours on the internet, but I've always said the same thing: I can't control that kind of thing. I want to have the focus on what I can control, and on things that are going to show the Wild that they don't need to trade me."

The chances of Rossi landing a job in Minnesota are excellent, by the way. Admittedly, the Wild aren't the most talented team on offense in the NHL by any means. The addition of a playmaker of Rossi's stature certainly won't hurt.

Rossi is already superior to many players in the Bettman system, according to him. However, the Austrian has not played a single professional game in North America. Do you think his comments are excessive? It's up to him to prove that he's right.
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