Chris Drury‘s first draft pick as the new GM of the New York Rangers was Brennan Othmann from the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. At the time, many fans did not like this move because they wanted the 15th overall pick traded. However, Othmann has been proving the doubters wrong this year with an electric season as captain of the Firebirds. At the pace Othmann is playing at, he’ll be in Rangers’ blue sooner than later. So with that being said, let’s see what Othmann can bring to the Blueshirts.
Brennan Othmann’s offensive instincts are top-notch, with an excellent forecheck and an ability to apply extreme pressure in the offensive zone. These aforementioned skills make him a great scheme-fit for Gerard Gallant‘s offense as he can get into corners and win puck battles while also having a great amount of skill to work with. The Rangers’ 3rd line is especially heavy on the forecheck, so maybe he’ll be there in a year or so from now.
Othmann’s greatest attribute, however, is his shot. Not only does he have a cannon of a wrist shot, but he also has precision accuracy. Most of his goals this year are absolute snipes that are impossible to stop. His shot is very comparable to that of Patrik Laine. Othmann’s amazing shot is what makes him such a threat every time the puck is on his stick. The Rangers could use another natural shooter so Othmann is an excellent fit.
Othmann has been a scoring machine this year in Flint. As of today, Brennan has 39 goals and 39 assists for 78 points in just 53 games. He’s also already more than doubled his goal total for last year in fewer games. His 39 goals this year are second in the OHL, and his 78 points are seventh.
This statistical jump from last year in the OHL makes Othmann look like a steal of a pick. If he can put on some weight and keep this developmental pace, there’s no doubt he will be a force.
One of the biggest questions about Othmann is when he will get to play in the league. Othmann signs an ELC already, which means he’ll get playing time in the AHL or NHL at some point in the next 2 seasons. He also turns 20 next January, which means if he plays at the start of next year it will be in the NHL.
His placement on the Rangers roster is dependent on how he continues to develop this year and over the offseason. With his current stats and development, he could make the Rangers roster next year. However, it could be in the team’s best interest to give it some extra time, especially considering their history of developing forwards. It’s not a rush for the youngster, since the roster currently consists of depth guys who will be here for the next couple of years like Sammy Blais, Barclay Goodrow, and Kevin Rooney. It’s also worth mentioning that Othmann’s debut could be timed for when guys like Chris Kreider are nearing the end of their tenure.
Either way, Othmann has a very high ceiling and a lot of potential. It will be fun to see him light up the league when he gets there.