Minnesota Wild Prospect Marco Rossi out Indefinitely Ahead of The Beginning of 2021 NHL Season

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HAMILTON, ON - JANUARY 16: Marco Rossi #23 of Team Red skates during the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team White at FirstOntario Centre on January 16, 2020 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Rossi Removed From Play After Suffering Injury

The Minnesota Wild first-round pick, Marco Rossi, will be removed from play indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury while playing for the ZSC Lions on loan. The Wild announced this injury on Sunday via a tweet. After having an amazing season in the OHL, scoring 120 points in 56 games, Rossi was extended a contract by the Wild and was expected to start in the NHL during the preseason. Rossi was expected to complete his quarantine and join the Wild in training camp this Sunday however, due to his injury, he looks to be sidelined for a substantial amount of time.

Due to Rossi’s inability to take part in training camp, he is missing a key point to develop in his early career which is likely to be a hindrance to moving forward in the NHL. As well, the Wild will suffer from the loss of their top prospect from the 2020 Entry Draft, which could show as detrimental to the team in the future. This detriment to the Wild is going to be harshly felt after losing two of their quality centers in Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal, while still being an aging organization who will soon be reliant on their developed prospects in the NHL.

Few details have been shared about the specifications of Rossi’s injury. Without the ability to partake in training camp, Rossi will likely play for the Iowa Wild in the AHL when he is back in shape. This time in the AHL will be seen as a disappointment to most Wild fans, who were expecting Rossi to be a dark horse during the season, looking to be a passing machine who could help to build a stronger position for the team. More details on Rossi’s return to play and his sustained injury will be shared as they come through.

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