Rangers top prospect Brennan Othmann excited after change of dressing room at Petes
Brennan Othmann is the top prospect in the New York Rangers organization and was part of a locker room trade to the OHL last night.
The Flint Firebirds announced Saturday right after their contest with the Peterborough Petes that they traded Othmann across the hall for defenseman Artem Guryev, a 2024 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2026 third-round pick.
Sportnet’s Jeff Marek indicated that a deal was in place while the two teams were playing. Flint general manager and head coach Ted Dent commented on the deal after the Petes edged his team 3-2 in a shootout.
“We would like to thank Brennan for all he has done for us here in the Flint Firebirds organization,” Dent said in a statement. “He’s been a fundamental piece of this franchise since being drafted with the second overall pick in 2019 and his accomplishments here have been record-breaking. We wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his hockey career “.
It should also be noted that this will be Othmann’s last season in the OHL as he will likely compete for the New York Rangers next season and be eligible to play in the AHL.
Seconds USA Today’s Vince MercoglianoOthmann wanted a change of scenery and the Firebirds agreed to the request.
Update: Brennan Othamann posted a lengthy message on social media saying she wanted to be closer to home with her ailing grandparents.
“I never took to social media, but I woke up this morning as an old Firebird and a new Pete’s, so I felt I should thank both fan bases.” Othmann explained. “I have two grandparents who are struggling with health issues and being closer to home to be with my family is what makes sense for me right now. I hope the fans can understand that.”
Brennan Othmann excited about the trade
Othmann, 19, was selected by the Blueshirts in the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. His family is from Scarborough, Ontario, which is just a two-hour drive from Peterborough. The move will certainly make it easier to spend more time at home.
Heading into Saturday’s Petes-Firebirds game, Othmann was serving a two-game suspension for throwing the puck into the opposition bench on Nov. 6. He’ll be in action for Peterborough today when they take on the Saginaw Spirit at 5:30 p.m.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of a classy and storied organization like the Petes,” Othmann said. “I can’t wait to get started tomorrow against Saginaw.”
The scoring forward scored 50 goals and 97 points for the Firebirds in 2021-22. This season, Othmann is on a roll with 11 goals and 24 points in 16 games on 83 shots. He also has 31 penalty minutes and a +4 rating as he is showing an average streak that would make Matthew Tkachuk proud.
“Tkachuk isn’t afraid to mix it up, hits hard and can play any role.” Othmann told Forever Blueshirts in an exclusive interview this summer. “(Kyle) Connor has an incredible shot and hockey IQ. That’s how I like to play. Tkachuk’s toughness and Connor’s skill.
Othmann was named the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award winner as the field’s top rookie before the team was forced to send him back to the minors due to a CHL rule that does not allow players under 20 years playing in the AHL. That took away any flexibility the Rangers had to keep him around.
In his first exhibition game, he took a big hit on his second shift from Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov that left him with a bloody nose. Rather than binge or back off, Othmann committed more and finished with two assists and first-star honors.
“I felt pretty good, but you still get nervous and a little surprised,” Othmann said after the game. “I talked to [Schneider] and he told me you can’t really think about it, you just have to play and the older guys like Kreider helped me with that.”
Othmann signed his entry-level contract with the Rangers on August 12, 2021 and should be a legitimate candidate to make the team next season.
At this time, the Rangers have yet to comment on the trade.
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