11 août 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>JayTea</b></div><div>It's possible, but he's still a bit of a mystery box though. We literally don't even know if he's a NHL quality center yet, he may end up being a winger. Preseason and AHL games are not foolproof ways of projecting where a player will end up.
If I was Guerin, Ek is absolutely unmovable unless someone like Connor McDavid is coming back. Ek is probably the 3rd best draft pick Fletcher made behind Kaprizov and Brodin imo. I'm a huge fan.</div></div>
I mean, I think it's fair to say he's going to stick at center in the NHL. At this point.
Everyone in management, the media, and professional prospect analysts like Wheeler and Pronman all think he’s going to stick there by this point in their writings. Yes, even Pronman whose always disliked Rossi for whatever reason thinks Rossi will stick at center.
And if you don't think he can stick at center, or that preseason can't be a barometer of whether he's ready or not, I would have to disagree with you on that. Last night's game against the Blues is the perfect example if someone can hack it or not.
The Blues basically iced their regular season lineup last night. While we sent out Dewar, Duhaime, Rossi, probably Petan (13th F) at forward. And Middleton, Addison, and likely Sustr (7th D) on defense. To what was going to be an easy expected loss, where we got creamed on the dot by the Blues center core. <strong><em>Except</em></strong> Rossi. Who finished the night with a 56 FO%, and did that lining up <strong><em>AGAINST RYAN O'REILLY </em></strong>!!!!
I don't know about you, but it still feels like ROR is <em>still</em> one of the better face off guys in the league still. Yeah, you can argue it's the preseason, so it doesn't count or that he wouldn't been interested/invested or cared. But preseason or no, he's not about to just let some snot-nosed punk beat him in the face off circle.
OK, I'll step down off my soap box now. 😅