POSITION: Left Wing
DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: Olten (SL), 34 GP, 7G, 9A, 16PTS
RANKING: 8th, North American Skaters - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ
"The 18-year-old adds to his offensive skills with a willingness to block shots and makes things tough on the opposition." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com
CUT TO THE CHASE
Brennan Othmann chipped in three goals and three assists in seven games, helping the Canadians win gold at the 2020-21 U18 World Championship. It was another opportunity for the young winger to show the skills that have him ranked eighth among North American Skaters in the upcoming 2021 NHL Draft.
Othmann is described as having a quick, excellent release on his top-notch shot. It's a shot he showed off while on loan with EHC Olten in Switzerland this past year. Othmann tallied seven goals in his season overseas.
In his first season playing against men, Othmann showed he isn't afraid to mix things up. He played a physical game and even chipped in some fights over in Switzerland.
"He was an agitator," said one scout, per The Hockey News. "Guys were going after him."
"A nasty, in-your-face competitor with a plus-plus shot, Othmann may not have the measurements to be called a 'power forward', but don't tell that to the growing list of victims who he's plastered to the ice," said draft expert Steve Kournianos.
Othmann is a scorer first but his work ethic and physical play could favor him in his pursuit of a long NHL career. It's likely we'd see more goals on his statsheet in another year in juniors.
The year prior to the last, Othmann potted 17 goals and recorded 33 points in 55 games for Flint in the Ontario Hockey League, helping his team achieve an OHL Championship. In fact, it wasn't the first championship Othmann has contributed to. He was a champion in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, as well as the GTHL U15 and Bantam AAA.