In the National Hockey League (NHL) draft, 19-year-old Marco Rossi from Vorarlberg was drafted ninth by the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild are the future club of Austria’s great ice hockey talent Marco Rossi. The ex-club of Thomas Vanek and Christoph Brandner chose the 19-year-old from Vorarlberg in the draft of the National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday night in 9th place.
18 years after Brandner, who played 35 games in the world’s strongest ice hockey league, the team from St. Paul decided again for an Austrian. Vanek also played two seasons (2014-2016) for the Wild, who have played in the NHL for 20 years.
“The dream of day one was to be drafted and play in the NHL. It’s a step closer to NHL, “said Rossi in an interview. “I was very happy when you called me and that I was there, you were looking for a center,” he explained. The Feldkircher is the first Austrian since Michael Grabner and Andreas Nödl 2006, which was drafted by an NHL club. Only Vanek (number five by the Buffalo Sabers in 2003) was elected higher than the Center.
Marco Rossi: Minnesota was one of the top picks
Minnesota is a good place for his protégé, is also Marco Rossi’s manager Patrick Pilloni convinced. “We are super happy. Minnesota was one of our top picks, they got with (Bill) Guerin a top manager, that’s a top market. I see Marco in Minnesota will make it to the NHL very soon. You’re looking for a player like Marco, ”explained Pilloni.
Talks with the game management will take place on Wednesday. It will then also be clarified whether Rossi will be able to gain match practice in Europe at the ZSC Lions Zurich before the start of the preparatory camp for the next season, which is to start on January 1st.
Rossi Topscorer of the Ottawa 67s
For the past two seasons, Marco Rossi played in the Canadian Junior League OHL. In the past game year he was with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games for the Ottawa 67s top scorer and was also elected the outstanding player of the league.
Wild, which is in upheaval, and its general manager Bill Guerin, who has been with Eric Staal and Ryan Donato has given up two center strikers. Minnesota finished the shortened regular season last season in tenth place and failed in the play-off in the first round to Colorado Avalanche. Stars of the team of head coach Dean Evason are defenders Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, who each signed a 13-year contract worth $ 98 million in the summer of 2012.
As expected, the New York Rangers were number one for this time the virtual draft Alexis Lafreniere decided. Then the Los Angeles Kings secured themselves Quinton Byfield and the Ottawa Senators to the Germans Tim Stützle.
In the annual draft, the 31 NHL clubs secure the rights to 217 global talents between the ages of 18 and 19. Round one took place on Tuesday (local time), and rounds two to seven on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. CEST) are also allowed Thimo Nickl, Senna Peeters and Benjamin Baumgartner hope. (APA / red.)
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