Monday, 11.07.2016 / 10:10 am CT
Nick Rosa has returned to Wichita Falls to complete his final season of junior hockey in a Wildcats uniform. He joins the Cats after playing ten games with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.
“I am very excited to be back in Wichita Falls and I look forward to contributing to the leadership of the team anyway that I can,” Rosa said. “I am determined to finish what we started last year, which is winning a Robertson Cup.”
Rosa spent the majority of last season centering the Wildcats’ most dominant line. On his left, he had Austin Albrecht, who currently leads the USHL in scoring. On his right, he had Jonny Lazarus, who is one of the top freshmen in college hockey at the moment. While his situation now may be different and he will undoubtedly see younger, less experienced linemates, Rosa is the kind of player who has the ability to mold his teammates together.
Last season, the ex-Brother Rice High School Captain scored 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points, which was good for fifth most on the Cats in their most successful campaign. His production even picked up once the playoffs hit, tallying eight points in nine games.
While his numbers are impressive, it is likely they would have been even greater had he sacrificed the defensive inclinations of his game. Rosa is the epitome of a 200-foot-player who is highly effective in all three zones. His whopping +21 rating from last year speaks volumes to his defensive prowess. It is likely he will see time on both the power play and the penalty kill this season. His idol growing up, Steve Yzerman, was best-known for being a complete player and leader for the Detroit Red Wings.
In addition to his offensive and defensive skills, Rosa also possesses no shortage of grit. He is not someone who will shy away from the corners or avoid going to the front of the net. He will win battles, he will provide leadership, and he will do anything it takes to help his team win. Though it is unfortunate things did not work out for him in Sioux City, there’s no denying that this is a tremendous lift for the Wildcats.
Photo: Cody Wooten