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2020 Draft Diary: Marco Rossi

Ottawa forward discusses how focus is on team success, not winning OHL scoring title

by Marco Rossi / Special to NHL.com

Marco Rossi (5-foot-9, 183 pounds) of Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League is filing a monthly diary this season for NHL.com leading up to the 2020 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26-27. The 18-year-old center, No. 5 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, leads the Ontario Hockey League with 100 points (33 goals, 67 assists) in 47 games this season.

Hello hockey fans.

As a team we're so glad to have clinched an OHL playoff spot already. Now we can focus more on the process because if we were in sixth or seventh place we'd have to win every game. Now it's a different situation. We're first in the Eastern Conference (42-10-1) so we can think more about the process and how we can get even better.

You always can improve all the little things in the game, especially by looking at video of the previous game. There's always room to improve so there's never that attitude that we're in great shape. We know we can always be better so that's the way we're looking at it.

Personally I'm very proud of the way I'm playing right now, but I still just want to get better. I'm not really focusing on (points). Helping the team win an OHL championship is the most important thing because I don't want to repeat what happened last year when we lost in the OHL final against Guelph. I want to win that championship really bad, and I know my teammates feel the same way.

I didn't have any goals set for this season. I knew what to expect in my second season in North America and just wanted to play my best, have fun and build my game. I want to take it game by game. I don't think too much ahead, and that's easy to do because my dad helped me a lot when I was smaller. He told me to think game by game. If you think about the whole season it just gets a little crazy.

Being able to score and help the team just brings you more confidence. You know when it's rolling and things are working for you, but I think I'm always taking it day by day. If you score and have a good night, that's great, but I'm just trying to improve and be ready for the next game and never think too far down the road.

I'm very excited for the weekend ahead. We'll continue our three-game road trip in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday and close it out in Sudbury on Sunday. It's always fun being on the road with the boys.

Until next month, thanks for reading.

 

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