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Wild selects Marco Rossi with ninth overall pick in 2020 NHL Draft

Ottawa 67s forward led OHL with 120 points last season

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ST. PAUL -- With its first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Wild selected center Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.

Here is a look at Rossi's stats:

Height: 5-9

Weight: 183 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Feldkirch, Austria

2019-20 team: Ottawa 67s

NHL Central Scouting rank: 6th among North American skaters

Scouting report: A patient playmaker, Rossi led the Ontario Hockey League and all players in Canadian junior leagues in assists (81) and points (120) last season. He also scored 39 goals. 

For his efforts, Rossi was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, becoming just the second European-born player to win the honor. He was also named a First Team All-Star.

Rossi was second among OHL rookies in scoring in 2018-19, tallying 29 goals and 65 points. 

In being selected ninth overall, Rossi became the highest drafted Austrian-born player since former University of Minnesota and former Wild forward Thomas Vanek was picked fifth overall in 2003. He is the fifth Austrian player picked in the first round overall.

"Marco is a two-way center with incredible vision, skill and compete level," said Judd Brackett, Director of Amateur Scouting. player comparison: Brad Marchand

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