A solid two-way winger coming off a big 50 goal campaign with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds. His physical development has brought on some added dimensions to his game. Othmann might be a sneaky multi-cat steal in the fantasy world.
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December 2023 – Now in his first full season of professional hockey with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, Othmann has appeared in 20 games thus far this season, registering 17 points. After taking a few games to get going in terms of scoring, Othmann is starting to score in bunches and has become the go-to player on a talented Hartford team. For those who have followed his junior career, this fact comes as no surprise. After putting up huge numbers at the OHL level and serving as alternate captain and/or captain for two different OHL organizations, there is little to be questioned in terms of his overall game and leadership qualities. The talented winger will be knocking on the door for an NHL opportunity as early as this season, and it is looking likely that number 78 will be able to earn a full-time middle- six spot with the Rangers in 2024-25. Brendan Ferry
January 2023 – Othmann played wing on the top line for the Canadian U20 team during the World Junior tournament, where he scored six points in seven games, helping lead Canada to the gold medal. The tenacious lefty was a thorn in his opponents’ sides all tournament long, living up to his billing as an agitator and a player who is very tough to play against. As far as his OHL season, Othmann has now appeared in 13 games for the Peterborough Petes, scoring 13 points. His total numbers this season, split between the Petes and his former team, Flint, are 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 29 games played. Brendan Ferry
November 2022 – Othmann has switched back to his familiar number 78, and has three points in three games thus far with the Petes. Prior to being traded, he compiled 11 goals and 13 assists in 16 games for his former team, the Flint Firebirds. Brendan Ferry
November 2022 Othmann has been traded from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds to the Peterborough Petes. Prior to the trade, number 78, who is switching to number eight for the Petes, had registered 11 goals and 13 assists in 16 games played. Othmann did not meet the age requirement to be eligible for AHL hockey this season, so after a strong training camp, he was sent back to Junior, where he has continued to torment his opposition. In many ways, the physical forward is playing as a man among boys this season. Brendan Ferry
June 2022 – Othmann had a monster 2021-2022 campaign for the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. Serving as the team’s captain, he led Flint to the Western Conference Final, where they lost in seven games to fellow NYR prospect Will Cuylle’s Windsor Spitfires. Othmann registered 50 goals and 47 assists for 97 points in 66 games this year for Flint, followed by nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points in 19 playoff games. The Rangers took what some considered to be a gamble on Othmann with the 16th overall pick in the 2021 draft, and after a strange draft season where he played in the Swiss league due to Covid, he looks to be validating the Rangers’ faith in him. A hard-nosed goalscorer, Othmann is having a brilliant start to his post-draft journey, having already signed his ELC with New York on August 12, 2021. Brendan Ferry
July 2021 – Othmann was selected in the first round, 16th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard
February 2021 – In a unique year, Brennan Othmann is taking a unique path. Playing with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL last year, the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced him to get creative like many other North American players, leading the young Firebird to play in the Swiss League, second-level Swiss hockey. The transition hasn’t been without bumps in the road but Othmann has done a good job of making his mark in every game, even if he isn’t always finding the scoresheet. His 15 points in 25 games are fairly impressive for a teenager against men, even with the lower level of competition. His shot remains a weapon and he’s choosing to use it more this year which is encouraging. Othmann’s puck skills are impressive and his blend of playmaking and goal-scoring give him versatility in any lineup.
The Scarborough, Ontario native has brought a physical edge with him to Switzerland as he looks bigger and stronger than last year. He is engaging physically when at his best, inviting contact at times to make a play. Othmann is a good skater who has shown instant acceleration at times when in a puck race, beating an opponent he trailed by a stride or more. His understanding of body positioning in puck battles is a skill that continues to develop and he should be just fine physically as a pro if he continues to develop at this rate. His speed and skill combination allow him to draw the eyes and attention of defenders before finding the open teammate. His passing is crisp and strong, rarely coming off his stick lacking pep. There are times when Othmann overshoots his target, seemingly expecting them to be a bit faster or further ahead than they were. His defensive game has been an area of steady improvement, showing a real commitment to it this year as a pro. He has been asked to do a lot by his coaches with Olten but he has shown capable more often than not. His game is based on his mobility and shot but the two-way winger does a good job of leveraging his various skills to ensure he plays a solid 200-foot game. If/when the OHL starts up, Othmann should be back in a Firebirds uniform. When that happens, the OHL may be in for a rude awakening as a bigger, stronger and faster Othamnn will be hitting the ice in an orange sweater. Tony Ferrari