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2020 Draft Journal: Marco Rossi

Marco Rossi (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League has really been filing a diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the 2020 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old center, who was No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters, led the Canadian Hockey League with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games this season. In his last entry, Rossi discusses his enjoyment and future after being selected No. 9 by the Minnesota Wild in the draft on Tuesday.

Hi hockey fans. I’m feeling actually excellent today.

Getting prepared by the Minnesota Wild is something I’ll constantly remember. It was actually special because considering that my childhood, it’s been a dream to play in the NHL one day. It was so mental for everyone due to the fact that when you get drafted, you’re one action closer to the NHL. There were a great deal of combined emotions since my family has in fact sacrificed so much for me … it’s incredible.I do recall interviewing with the Wild four times throughout the summer season. They were really long interviews, actually severe. They yapped with my representative, Serge [Payer], too. My representative even informed me he had among the very best sensations [after the interviews] with Minnesota. So, I’m extremely happy.In the interviews, [Wild general manager Costs Guerin] merely wanted to know me as an individual, find my household background, and how I grew in Austria. After that, it had to do with hockey, and staying in Canada throughout the season. They actually liked my 200-foot game, and how I contend and my frame of mind. That’s what they liked one of the most about me.Before the Draft, I told Serge and my home that it didn’t matter where I went … it’s going

to come ultimately. Whatever group picks me, we know that’s the group that has the trust and faith in me, 100 percent. So, it didn’t matter if I was taken No. 4 or No. 20. Whoever selected me, I knew that team had the count on me.Video: Top plays from Marco Rossi Draft day was pretty long due to the fact that we are 6 hours ahead in Austria. So, the preliminary of the draft began at 1

a.m.(Austria time ). It was a long day however, to be truthful, I had numerous interviews to do that the time flew by, so it was pretty good. I had Schnitzel for dinner, so I was all set to go.At the time the Wild selected me, I was with my mommy, papa, my 2 older siblings, my agent and a variety of good friends, so it was fantastic to have their support.It was quite insane to believe me and my Ottawa 67’s colleague, Jack Quinn, were selected back-to-back in the Draft. Jack went No. 8 to the Buffalo Sabres and I was in fact pleased for him. We’re genuinely friends and I just desire him to have the best for his future. I think Buffalo is a really great fit for him so I enjoy for him. We began texting each other right away, in fact. About 5 minutes after I was taken by the Wild, we were texting each other … both individuals were so happy.Now that the draft is over, the Wild requested for another interview(on Oct. 7)that’s going to include me, general supervisor Billy Guerin and my representative. We’re just going to speak about my objectives and what they consider my future.We’ll determine what happens next at some time, however I understand my objective is to make the NHL group. I understand it’s going to be genuinely effort, however that’s my goal next season.It’s been some year now that I recall. The thing I’ll remember most are all the Zoom conferences with the NHL groups and how everyone helped us and just being able to talk it out with my household all summer. It’s something we’ll constantly remember our entire life. Finally, on NHL Draft day, it was so amazing. We’re just waiting on our name to get called and after that when we heard our name it was exceptionally psychological … we’ll never forget that moment. Thanks for reading this season and I value all the help.

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