Wild youngsters Boldy, Rossi, Addison eager for larger roles in new season

They’ve only combined to play 67 games in the NHL, but Matt Boldy, Marco Rossi and Calen Addison are the next wave of Wild prospects the team hopes will take the franchise to the next level.

This marks the first season any of the highly-touted prospects broke training camp with the big club. All three started last season in Iowa, so it’s expected they’ll make their first appearance in an NHL Opening Night game Thursday against the New York Rangers.

Click the video box on this page to watch interviews with Matt Boldy, Marco Rossi and Calen Addison on the eve of their first appearance in an NHL Opening Night

Boldy made a huge splash after making his NHL debut and stayed up for the final 47 games of the season and the playoffs. Addison played 15 with the Wild in his second season shuttling between Des Moines and St. Paul. Rossi made his first two game appearances with the Wild.

For Rossi, making the Wild roster caps a long road to a what he hopes is a full-time job in the NHL. As a child, he and his father spent countless hours commuting from their home in Austria to play with Rossi’s youth club in Switzerland. After he was selected 9th overall in the 2020 Draft, a serious and frightening bout with Covid-19 took Rossi off the ice for nearly the entire 2020-21 season. He spent 2021-22 in Iowa before hooking a roster spot in camp this year.

Addison is expected to play a significant role on the Wild’s power play, which is looking for a boost after a subpar showing last season.

All three are expected to be in the starting lineup when the Wild open the season against the Rangers on Thursday night.