The Minnesota Wild annouced Friday that they have reached agreement with their 2020 NHL Entry Draft first-round pick, forward Marco Rossi, on a three-year, entry-level contract worth $2.775 million and an average annual value of $1.775 million. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound, 19-year old centerman scored 39 goals and added 81 assists in 56 games with the Ottawa 67s during the 2019-20 season of the Ontario Hockey League.
After suffering through the worst tandem of the 2019-20 season, the Wild signed one of the good stories from that season. After having a couple of good seasons with the Edmonton Oilers — including one where he earned a couple of Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy votes — the Caledonia, Ont. native was traded mid-season to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he had a very forgettable four appearances.
The 2014 third-round draft pick out of Miami University of Ohio played the last two full seasons with the Iowa Wild, earning 11 goals and 30 assists in 132 regular season games, and added a goal and two assists during Iowa’s playoff run in 2018-19. His five goals last season tied for the team lead amongst Iowa defenseman, and his 20 points trailed only Brennen Menell (47) in scoring by blueliners. Belpedio has also played in three NHL games, earning two assists.