Brennan Othmann aims to make New York Rangers this season
Brennan Othmann speaks to the media during the NHL Draft (screen capture: NYR YouTube)
Brennan Othmann is widely regarded as one of the New York Rangers’ top prospects. The 19-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, 16th overall. Unfortunately for him and the 2020 and 2021 draft classes, he was held virtually due to the pandemic and he was unable to attend.
This summer, the 2022 NHL Draft took place live in Montreal at the Bell Center and many teams invited their 2021 first-round picks to attend.
Othmann was a guest of Rangers and spoke to the media on day one of the draft last Thursday.
“I’m really excited about the summer and going to Rangers. [Development] Camp Monday,” Othmann said. “I want to be part of the team. I feel like I can, but at the same time, I’m still honored that they selected me and invited me to the draft.
Brennan Othmann wants to make New York Rangers
Last season for the Flint Firebirds, the versatile forward was an absolute force. In 66 regular games, he has posted 50 goals and 97 points according to the OHL website. He also added 9 goals and 24 points in 19 playoff games.
“The goal is to try to make the team the best it can be,” Othmann said. “I know it’s a strong team with good young players and good leadership too. If I can make the team it would be great for me and for the organization. We’ll see what happens and I am excited.
“I had a good season. I played well for myself and [Flint]. If I can walk into the Rangers camp with that much confidence and be part of the team, that would be something special.
Rangers chairman and managing director Chris Drury was briefed on Othmann’s goal for the season and was happy to hear it.
“I’m glad that’s his goal,” Drury replied. “He obviously had a hell of a year last year and it was good to see him here [at the draft]. Many of these children missed the experience. I can’t wait to see him at development camp next week.
“He’s a big scorer and had a good year putting the puck in the net. He’s also a bit ahead of his game. He’s a fiery boy who’s very competitive and does a lot of things that we love all over the ice.
Othmann was also named to Team Canada’s national junior camp roster. He will compete for a spot to play at the 2023 World Junior Championship, but his goal is strictly to be ready for the opening of development camp on Monday.
“Two things [that improved] were my defense and my trust,” he said. “I worked a lot on my defensive game and my skating. I hope to bring that to camp on Monday and into the season.
To note: The New York Rangers just released their full list of camp invitees Sunday for tomorrow’s development camp. The list includes promising prospects Brett Berard, who will be present with his brother Brady as a free agent. New York’s 2022 draft picks will also be present. Will Cuylle, Matthew Rempe, Ryder Korczak, Bobby Trivigno, Adam Edstrom, Hunter Skinner, Matthew Robertson, Dylan Garand, etc. will also be present.
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