Marco Rossi is quickly emerging as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.
The 2020 NHL draft is stock-piled with high-end talent. Each week, I will attempt to give you at least one scouting report on all the prospects you need to know! I’ve previously written deep-dives on Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield, Lucas Raymond, Cole Perfetti, Anton Lundell, Alexander Holtz, Tim Stützle, and Noel Gunler. Today, I will be looking at Marco Rossi.
Before I begin, for those that don’t know, here’s how these scouting reports go. First, I will begin with some general background information and statistics from that player. Then, I will break down the player’s tendencies, habits, and roles on special teams.
Following that up, I will break down the positives and negatives in the prospects’ game. Finally, I will look at what I feel is the potential of that player, as well as his NHL-readiness.
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Rossi, born September 23rd, 2001, in Feldkirch, Austria, is a left-handed center for the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League. The 18-year-old center stands at 5’9″, 179 pounds, making him one of the smaller players in this draft. He has been ranked 8th by HockeyProspects.com, 7th by Future Considerations, 9th by ISS Hockey, and 8th by Elite Prospects.
Rossi first made a name for himself in the 2017-18 season. He played a majority of his games in the U-20 Elit league in Switzerland for the GCK Lions. In 34 games, Rossi recorded 22 goals and 51 points, earning a spot on the top men’s Swiss league, the NLB. He played 18 games with the NLB’s GC Kusnacht Lions, and he produced at a decent clip, scoring four goals with seven points.
He was sent back down to the GCK Lions U-20 team for the playoffs, where he played nine additional games. Rossi put up five goals and 10 points. He played five games for his nation at the U-18 World Juniors, recording four goals and seven points. Rossi played another five games with Austria’s U-20 World Junior team, as he put up three goals and five points.
Following his strong outing in Switzerland, the Austrian center took his talents to the OHL with the 67’s for next season. In his first-ever season in North America, Rossi was mighty impressive with 29 goals and 65 points in 53 games played. He played an additional 17 playoff games, where he put up six goals and 22 points.