Three players to watch for Team Austria at the 2021 WJC
Marco Rossi, C: The CHL’s top point getter from a year ago was taken ninth overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2020 NHL Draft. A workaholic, Rossi should lead the way and be amongst the tournament’s top producers. Rossi is strong on his skates, he’s extremely intelligent and will score and make plays. He should help out plenty in the face-off circle, which is key for a team not expected to have the puck much.
Senna Peeters, RW: A product of Red Bull Academy, Peters spent the 2019-20 season with the Halifax Mooseheads and put up 23 goals and 33 points in 57 games. He started this season playing for Rogle’s U20 team and had over a point per game in nine contests. Not taken in the 2020 draft, Peeters played a key piece in Austria being promoted to the top group as Division 2 gold medalists last year. Peeters is an excellent shooter, with a quick release and deft accuracy. He can one-time the puck well, and with his size, he’s able to protect the puck, too. He will take is game to the interior, and Austria will need him there and hope Rossi can get him the puck in good areas.
Fabian Hochegger, C: Got into 56 games with Drummondville in the shortened 2019-20 season. A smaller, worker-bee type player, Hochegger put up eight goals and 19 points for the Volts. A productive participant for both the U18 and U20 teams two years ago, Hochegger did not play for the team that earned the promotion into the top group.