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Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin might send prospect Marco Rossi to the AHL, might not

Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin might send prospect Marco Rossi to the AHL, might not

Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin might send prospect Marco Rossi to the AHL, might not

Marco Rossi’s NHL career hasn’t started according to anyone’s plan. With just one point earned in 16 games, an average of 12:26 TOI and just 11 shots on goal, the player’s disappointment, Minnesota Wild the management, and the fans, have made themselves heard.

Because of that incredible underperformance, now the narrative of him potentially returning to the AHL to gain some confidence and actually put points on the board has been getting stronger with each game. And with Rossi a healthy scratch the last two games for the Wild, now, it looks like it’s time to make a decision for the near future.

“We’re discussing different options for Marco, but just because he’s missed the last two games doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world,” Wild GM Bill Guerin said. he said on Wednesday. “That doesn’t mean we’re kicking him to the curb or anything like that. It’s part of being a young player in this league. It doesn’t always go your way.

“He’s been a good sport throughout the process. Keep working hard and trying to do the right things. He is responsible in his defensive zone. It competes. He knows what he’s doing. And that’s usually the hardest thing for a young player to achieve. His production is something we hope will come. But we have to help him get there.”

This is Rossi’s bread and butter. He was drafted as a prospect who cares more about his two-way game than many teenagers and has shown that in the NHL. But the only problem is that this has caused the offensive momentum to dry up and, as Guerin said, he needs help getting that momentum going in order to put some numbers on the stat sheet.

Maybe the AHL is where he can do it.

“You go down and play in situations you’re not lifting,” Guerin said. “You can actually handle the puck and play with it and you feel good about yourself. And then you go back up and you have to try to carry it with you. It’s always a kick in the gut when you go down for the first time. You have 12-24 hours to feel bad about yourself, but then you have to get going.

“But we are not there yet. I can’t tell you that something would happen in the next 24, 48 hours or the next week. It’s something that’s an ongoing discussion about what’s best for Marco. But he’s missed, what, two games? It’s not the end of the world.”

As Guerin says, this is not the end of the world and even if Rossi is sent down to the minors soon, he will most likely finish the season with the Wild in St. Paul. It’s just a matter of hitting the ground running and fixing a problem that has occurred in the first month or so of the season.

Things can change every day, but right now, Rossi isn’t playing an NHL game and is just practicing with the team, trying to learn and improve as fast as possible. Maybe all he needs is a couple of AHL games to score, or maybe (worst case scenario) he’s lost so much confidence that he needs a considerable amount of time in the minors to get points on the board.

Please, all we want is the best for Marco and for him to be the top two six center he has been projected to be since the Wild drafted him two years ago.



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