Youngster Marco Rossi (21) makes a statement in the Minnesota Wild’s first test game: The striker made two assists in the 3-2 win after extra time over Colorado.
“He plays like he belongs here,” said Minnesota Wild coach Dean Evason. Marco Rossi did more than convince in the first friendly. The center set up two goals in a 3-2 win over NHL champion Colorado Avalanche. First he had his racket in play when defender Calen Addison made it 2-0, then he showed his class in extra time: Rossi danced out his opponent and served Ryan Hartman ideally for the 3-2 decision. Evason: “A great pass.”
“I have higher expectations myself”
Rossi started prep with Minnesota on September 22 and has already made a strong impression. “I’m more ready, I’ve got more experience from last year. Everything was new last year, now I’m here and I know what’s expected of me. I also have higher expectations myself. I want to prove to everyone that I belong here “, clarifies the Vorarlberger, who definitely wants to make the leap into the NHL squad. The club are also hoping that Rossi’s good performances will continue to earn a place in the line-up. Rossi: “Pressure is good too, because then they see something in me – that’s also positive. But I don’t want to think too much, I just want to play my game.”
Much praise from Coach Evason
In addition to Rossi, Addison also received a lot of praise from the coach. “Both have confidence and they show it. Confidence has to be earned and they did that in the American Hockey League. They both know what it takes to play here. Hopefully it continues like that,” said Evason. The 58-year-old Canadian adds: “They’re fighting for a job. They’re in a difficult situation and they’re dealing with it well. We want to see that. How do they deal with time on the power play, for example? Are they panicking or calm? Rossi was extremely cool in overtime and that’s a good sign.”
On Wednesday night (3 a.m.), Minnesota will again face off against Colorado. The league starts for the Wild on October 13 with a home game against the New York Rangers. And that’s where Rossi wants to be on the ice.