New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann setting OHL on fire

The only thing that could stop the absolute scoring tear New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann was a COVID pause.

The Flint Firebirds announced a “suspension of activities” due to several positive COVID cases and the latest protocols set forth by the Ontario Hockey League. As a result, yesterday’s contest against Sarnia and today’s matchup versus Saginaw are postponed.

Brennan Othmann on fire

The New York Rangers selected 6-0, 175-pound forward Brennan Othmann 15th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He had an impressive camp for an 18 year-old and appears to have a bright future.

This season with the Flint Firebirds Othmann has been en fuego. In 24 games, he has 37 points to lead the team. His 20 goals are tied for second in the OHL, three behind league leader Tye Kartye of the Soo Greyhounds.

Othmann has already surpassed his 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) from last season and is making Chris Drury look really wise for taking him.

Othmann knows what he needs to do

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

When the Rangers selected Othmann, many were scratching their heads as to why the team would select another left wing with a need for centers. They are already struggling to find playing time for Alexis Lafrenière, who was the first overall selection in the 2020 Draft.

Taking Othmann is a long-play move. By the time Chris Kreider’s contract moves from a full no move to a modified in 2024, this kid should be ready.

Othmann actually looked very good in camp considering he was essentially a boy amongst men. It’s a fact not lost on him as he explained prior to being returned to his minor league team.

“You haver to get stronger,” he admitted. “You’re playing against guys like Reaves, who is 225 lbs, and if you line match against him and you’re a 180 lbs like me, 9 times out of 10 he’s coming away with the puck.”

“If I can throw on another 5 or 10 lbs of muscle and come back with a little more confidence, and play well in the OHL next year, I may have a good shot next year,” Othmann said. “I think if I can build strength, I think I can turn into a better hockey player than I am now.”

Othmann signed his ELC in August. Per PuckPedia the contract breakdown is as follows:

  • NHL Base 832.5K
  • Signing Bonus 92.5K
  • Potential “A” Performance Bonuses 450K
  • Minors 80K

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