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

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Marco Rossi’s career in the NHL didn’t go according to anyone’s plan. With just 1 point in 16 games, a 12.26 TOI average, and only 11 shots on goal, the player’s disappointment, Minnesota Wild management and fans.

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Because of this startlingly poor performance, his tale of potentially returning to the AHL to gain some confidence and actually put points at the plate is getting louder and louder with each game. And with Rousey a healthy scratch in his last two Wild games, it now seems like the time to make a decision about the near future has come.

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

“He’s been a good sport through it all. He keeps working hard and trying to do the right things. He’s responsible in his defensive area. He competes there. He knows what he’s doing. That’s usually the hardest thing for a young player to get. His production is something we hope will come through.” But we have to help him get there.”

This is Russian bread and butter. He was drafted as a prospect who cares more about his two-way game than a lot of teens and has been featured in the NHL. The only problem though is that it somewhat dried up his offensive drive and as Guerin said he needs some help getting that boost in being able to put some numbers on the stat sheet.

Perhaps the AHL is where he can do that.

“You go down and play in situations where you don’t go up,” Guerin said. “You can actually handle the puck and play with it and feel good about yourself. Then you come back up and you have to try and carry that with you. It’s always a kick in the gut when you first go down. You’re allowed 12 to 24 hours to feel bad about yourself, but then you have to.” You start with yourself.

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

It’s not the end of the world, says Guerin, and even if Rossi is sent to the minors soon, he’ll likely finish the season with Wild in St. Louis. It’s just a matter of starting and fixing a problem that occurred in the first month or so of the season.

Things can change every day, but for now, Rossi doesn’t play any NHL games and is just training with the team, trying to learn and improve as fast as he can. Maybe a couple of AHL games to score are all he needs, or maybe (worst case scenario) he’s lost so much confidence that it takes big time in the minors to get points on the board.

Please, all we want is the best for Marco and for him to be that better six-way center that has been expected of him since the Wild drafted him two years ago.

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