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Fantasy Summary

Under-sized center with great hands, super stick-handling and great positioning.


Observations

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June 2022 – Rossi had a smooth transition into the professional game for his first full season. Despite battling with a lack of playing time due to illness and the OHL shutdown in the 20-21 season, Rossi excelled in the AHL for the Iowa Wild. Rossi played in 63 games notching 18 goals and 35 assists highlighting his playmaking capabilities. The strong season even earned him a two-game call-up for a strong Minnesota Wild team, giving him a taste of what the future brings. Expect Rossi to get a strong look in training camp during the 22-23 NHL season where he is expected to start contributing at the NHL level immediately. Nathan Leblanc 

February 2021 – Rossi is dealing with complications from COVID-19, which he had in November, and has returned to Austria. Per Michael Russo, he is scheduled to return to Minnesota in March. Sam Happi

October 2020 – Rossi was drafted ninth overall by the Wild. Rossi fell a bit further than expected. He will push for an NHL job immediately. The Wild may have found their future number one center here.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2020 – With the NHL Entry Draft now appearing to be months away, it will be extremely fascinating to track where the reigning CHL point leader decides to play early next season. The OHL is likely to follow what the NHL does, meaning there may not be any CHL hockey until late fall or early winter. Rossi is already in a position of being too good for junior. Perhaps he returns to the Swiss league to skate with his former club team GC Küsnacht Lions. Perhaps he finds a home in the SHL or Liiga. Perhaps he waits it out. You know he’ll try to find a way to play hockey sooner rather than later. And those extra games could end up impacting his draft stock as well. Cam Robinson

February 2020 – What a draft-eligible season the Ottawa 67s star is having. He currently leads the entire OHL and is tied for the CHL point lead with 99 in just 46 contests. The 5’9 centre has been explosive all year – commanding attention from scouts not only for his offensive play but defensively as well. He has firmly entrenched himself amongst the top-10 prospects in this 2020 class, but likely the top five. Cam Robinson

August 2019 – Last season, Rossi played in his first full season in North America for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s. In 53 games played, the Austrian center posted 29 goals and 36 assists. In addition to this point totals during the regular season, he managed to muster up 22 points during the OHL playoffs. The 17-year-old had a great first season and if he can outproduce his totals from last season then he could wind up being drafted in the top 10. At the moment, quite a few analysts project Rossi to go in the top 15. When you watch Rossi play, you will see how well positioned Rossi is. He always seems to be in the right spot and is ready to do damage. Rossi plays along the boards and is always working to secure the puck. He has great hands and can be a pretty crafty stick-handler. With Rossi’s skill-set and his offensive production in his first season in the OHL, he will be highly coveted at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Rossi projects to be a top-six center and has the potential to be a first line center. Josh Tessler

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country AUT
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 23, 2001
Height 5‘9”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 9

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Dornbirner EC U15Mini B2 5 611 0|        
  Rheintal U15U15-Top2 0 11 0|        
 2012-2013 Rheintal II U15U15-Top7 7 512 2|        
  Rheintal U15U15-Elit4 4 15 0|        
  ZSC LionsQC Int PW3 2 35 0|        
 2013-2014 Rheintal U15U15-Elit21 7 1017 8|        
  ZSC LionsQC Int PW AA Elite3 2 24 2|        
 2014-2015 GC/Küsnacht U15U15-Elit26 18 2139 8|