Rangers prospects Brennan Othmann and Jaroslav Chmelar advance at WJC

New York Rangers prospects Brennan Othmann and Jaroslav Chmelar have advanced with their respective countries to the semifinals at the World Junior Championships.

Czechia was able to rout Switzerland by a 9-1 margin on Monday and will square off against Sweden, who took out Rangers prospect Kalle Vaisanen of Finland by a 3-2 score.

Adam Sykora played his heart out for Slovakia, but watched his team fall to Canada thanks to an OT goal by expected 2023 first overall pick Connor Bedard, who leads all skaters with 21 point in just five games.

That means Rangers top prospect Brennan Othmann will continue his quest to win back-to-back WJC Gold with Canada as they take on Team USA, who pounded Germany by an 11-1 score.

Brennan Othmann and Jaroslav Chmelar advance

Brennan Othmann
Brennan Othmann Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Tarrytown July 12, 2022. Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News / USA TODAY NETWORK Rangers Development Camp

Othmann, 19, was selected in the first round of the 2021 draft. He has 13 goals and 35 points in 26 games split between the Flint and Peterborough of the OHL. At the 2022 WJC, he registered 6 points in 6 games to help Canada capture Gold.

Chmelar, 19, was selected in the 5th round of the 2021 Draft. This season, he has 6 goals and 10 points in 18 games with Providence of the NCAA. He registered a goal in three games at the 2022 WJC.

Active NYR Prospects Scoring at WJC

  • Brennan Othmann (CAN): 5 GP, 2G – 2A, 4 PTS, +2
  • Jaroslav Chmelar (CZE): 5 GP, 3G – 2A, 5 PTS, +8

Eliminated NYR Prospects Scoring at WJC

  • Kalle Vaisanen (FIN): 5 GP, 1G – 1A, 2 PTS, +2
  • Adam Sykora (SVK): 5 GP, 1G – 0A, 1 PT, +1

Both Vaisainen and Sykora were named one of the three best players in the tournament for their respective teams.

Semifinal Schedule (Wednesday, January 4)

  • Czechia vs Sweden (2:30 PM ET) – Chmelar looks to advance
  • Canada vs U.S (6:30 PM ET) – Othmann looks to advance

Note: Rangers prospect Noah Laba is officially listed as an extra on Team USA’s roster in case of injury.

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