The Minnesota Wild are calling Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi – their first-round picks in 2019 and 2020 – to make their NHL debut together on Thursday against the Boston Bruins. Coach Dean Evason confirmed the summons in an interview with KFAN radio station on Tuesday morning.
The moves come in the middle of a five-game winless streak for the team, including a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic on New Years Day.
Both forwards played for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Rossi, 20, leads the team with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 21 games. Boldy, 20, has four goals and 10 points in 10 games. He was short on time due to a broken ankle he sustained at training camp and a lower body injury suffered last month.
Boldy, selected 12th at Boston College, is the only one in the top 20 in the 2019 draft who has yet to make his NHL debut.
Minnesota drafted Rossi with the No.9 pick in 2020. After testing positive for COVID-19 in November 2020, he was diagnosed with myocarditis and did not play last season. He was in Minnesota training camp this preseason before being assigned to the AHL.
In training on Tuesday, forward Nick Bjugstad left the ice in pain after being slashed by a teammate. Evason said: “didn’t look good” when asked about Bjugstad.
(Photo by Boldy: Harrison Barden / Getty Images)