By Warren Kozireski —
“He has the potential to play anywhere in your lineup…his skill and hockey sense are underrated and when he plays with good players, he’s going to be fine,” one scout said about the New York Ranger 2021 first round draft pick Brennan Othmann in The Hockey News Draft Preview.
The left wing headed to Switzerland this past year after the Ontario Hockey League season was cancelled and put up 16 points in 34 games playing against men. He added three goals and three assists in seven games for Team Canada at the U-18 tournament.
“Othmann is so detail oriented and his game has a lot of different levels. He can score in a multitude of different ways. He forechecks hard. He plays physically. He continues to improve as a two-way player and projects to be a high-end defensive forward at the NHL level IMO. The skating, particularly his first step explosiveness, looks better playing in Switzerland. I truly believe Othmann is the type of player we’ll see slowly creep up draft lists (just like we saw Quinn do) because of how easy it is to see his game translating to the NHL level. There’s a high floor, but also a high ceiling depending on how much his vision and creativity with the puck can continue to improve.” – Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
The Scarborough, Ontario native stands 6’0”and 174 lbs. He played for Flint in the OHL in 2019-20 and tallied 33 points in 55 games and he will return there this fall.