With the 16th pick, the Rangers selected LW Brennan Othmann of Flint of the OHL.
- TSN: 16
- The Hockey News: 18
- Corey Pronman (The Athletic): 21
- Scott Wheeler (The Athletic): 23
- The Athletic: 18
He is 6-0, 175 and The Hockey News says that his best case is Gabriel Landeskog. TSN also mentioned Landeskog as a comparable.
Sam Cosentino said on ESPN, “They are going to be really happy with him because he plays with a little bit of edge and at times….he has proven he can play with elite players and also an elite style of game, his hands are really good, his skating has improved….”
Jeff Gorton said on ESPN, “it looks to me like he has a mentality like a Chris Kunitz kind of guy, I don’t know, you may have heard a rumor that the Rangers are trying to play a little harder, so this will help that as they move forward.”
The Hockey News writes that Othman “threw his body around and fought opponents” while playing this season in Switzerland. A scout told THN, “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. And he competes. When he was playing against men in Switzerland, he was an agitator, guys were going after him. He’s a really grounded, dedicated kid. He’s going to make it. I have no doubt. Othman is a scorer first, and he works hard. He’s a tough one for me to wrap my head around at the next level. He has elements that will allow him to contribute in the middle six.”
McKeens writes “Othaman performed admirably in a men’s league, demonstrating a willingness to play physical and instigate others. His offensive production was initially impressive, however after Mason McTavish joined the same team later on, Othman’s playing time was cut and his production dwindled.”
They add that at the U18 tournament this spring he played on Canada’s top line and showed that “he is actually a fairly skilled player and is perfectly capable of playing a complementary role on a scoring line. He is an active forechecker and he loves to throw his weight around, either by driving hten et or applying pressure to opposing defenders in puck pursuit. As such he opens up ice and space for his linemates to let them utilize their skill to facilitate. But with a big shot, soft hands and improving vision with the puck, he can be an offensive weapon for them too.”
McKeen’s continues that he is a “weapon on the PP” and can set up in the one-timer spot like Steven Stamkos or Alex Ovechkin. “Ultimately what you have in Othaman is a throwback power winger who plays on the edge, but also possesses the skill and finishing ability to play inside your top six and on the top PP unit. He hits hard, his two-way game is developing, his skating is improving and his overall skill set is becoming more well-rounded. Players like him are rare in the game today and with the right development Othman has a chance to be a very valuable NHL player.”
From the Rangers:
- Othmann, 18, skated in 34 games with EHC Olten in the Swiss League this past season, registering seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, along with 64 penalty minutes. He was one of only 12 players (skaters and goaltenders included) in their U18 season or younger who played in the Swiss League in 2020-21, and he led all of those players in assists and points during the season. Othmann also recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in four playoff games with EHC Olten this past season.
- The 6-0, 175-pounder played with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2019-20 season, and he recorded 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) and a plus-three rating in 55 contests during the season. Othmann was named to the OHL’s First All-Rookie Team in 2019-20. He was selected by Flint in the first round, second overall, of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.
- Internationally, the Scarborough, Ontario native has represented Canada in several tournaments. Most recently, Othmann helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship, as he registered six points (three goals, three assists) and a plus-six rating in seven games in the tournament. He also recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in five games while playing with Canada-Black at the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
- Entering the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Othmann was ranked No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters eligible for this year’s Draft.
Adam Rotter: There are two things surprising about this pick. One is that they actually made the pick and two is that they didn’t take a center. That is nothing against Othman, who seems like the exact kind of player the Rangers want and need, but wing is not the need, especially not the left wing where the Rangers have Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider signed long-term and Alexei Lafreniere as a cornerstone piece. I expected this pick to be traded and thought it would have been done long before today, but it never happened and they instead add another forward.
On Othman, the scouting reports make it seem like he is the perfect third piece on a line. Gabriel Landeskog seems like an apt comparison as a power winger with skill, but reading about him also makes me think of Zach Hyman, who is about to go from Toronto to Edmonton. He seems like a more offensive Barclay Goodrow, a more offensive Jesper Fast, someone who is physical and creates space but also produces offensively. On paper, he fits with the direction the Rangers are going in with size, physicality, grit, and agitation and that style should fit well with the skill players that the Rangers have. Obviously the Rangers viewed him and his skill set more than one of the centers still on the board.