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2020 Draft Diary: Marco Rossi

Ottawa forward, A-rated skater on relationship with coach, working to improve as season goes on

by Marco Rossi / Special to

Marco Rossi (5-foot-9, 183 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League will file a monthly diary this season for leading up to the 2020 NHL Draft in Montreal. The 18-year-old center, an A-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, leads Ottawa with 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) in 16 games. In his second entry, Rossi discusses his first month and expectations for the second quarter of the season.

Hello hockey fans!

So our team is among the top three in the OHL Eastern Conference standings, and while we're excited things have been going well, we know it's not going to get any easier. We've really improved our overall game since the first match of the season. We really do seem to get better every day. I think our offensive-zone play has been good and that's been a huge part of our success.

I think our special teams have been doing well and we always seem to have a lot of chances to score goals (Ottawa is third on the power play in the OHL at 30.0 percent). We've gotten good production throughout the lineup. Our defensive-zone play has been a lot better of late also.

I think my linemates, Joseph Garreffa and Austen Keating, have really helped me a lot. We have pretty good chemistry playing together. On the ice we talk a lot and try to support each other. We look to make quick passes to set each other up for some open plays. Sometimes you have those nights where everything is clicking and we've had those so it's been a lot of fun.

Personally I'm just trying to get better every day. I'm in the video room a lot with coach Andre Tourigny. After every game we talk to each other and he shows me what I need to improve in my game, but it's always little details. We talk about the offensive-, neutral- and defensive-zone things that not only help me, but the team. It's not really stuff that I need to do to improve but more just about reinforcing things or tweaking things here and there. I appreciate those sessions.

I think it's great that teammate forward Jack Quinn (10 goals, 13 assists) was upgraded from a B to an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list this month. I think he certainly deserves it. He was underrated entering the season but is such a good player. He competes every day and you can see he's a really good player, good skater, and he can really shoot the puck.

Even though mom and dad are back home in Austria, my dad still gets to watch my games on replay on TV. They're six hours ahead of us in Ottawa, so when the game is a little earlier they'll watch it live. I always talk to my dad after the game. He knows what I have to do to play better and we always talk about that.

I know right now I'm among the top 10 scorers in the OHL. I think for me points aren't that important, but I know you need to score and help the offense in order to get wins. I'm trying to get better every day, trying to improve my game. When I do the little things right the points will come. I'm confident in my ability because I feel a lot more confident this year.

I know what to expect in the OHL. In my first OHL season last year I didn't know what to expect. This year I know what's going on and I feel stronger, bigger and believe I'm a much better skater.

I just want to do whatever I can to help the 67's. I'm excited for the second quarter of our season and what the future holds for our team.

Thanks for reading this month.


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