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Brennan Othmann wants to join Rangers squad next season: “Prove people wrong”

Brennan Othmann wants to join Rangers squad next season: “Prove people wrong”
Brennan Othmann wants to join Rangers squad next season: “Prove people wrong”

Brennan Othmann didn’t have to think long when he was asked what his next season would look like.

The left winger is confident and hopes his fourth Rangers training camp this week will be his last.

And if he can silence his doubters on his way to a spot on the NHL roster, that would be even better.

Brennan Othmann wants to make the Rangers roster this season and “prove people wrong.” Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

“To be honest, my biggest goal is to prove people wrong,” Othmann said Tuesday during the first on-ice practice of a three-day training camp at the team’s practice facility in Tarrytown. “I think a lot of people have lost a little bit of faith in my abilities over the last year or so. I think I’m just ready to prove people wrong and I’m going to continue to do that. I’m looking forward to it.”

The “people” the 21-year-old Canadian was referring to are the doubters on the internet, whom he tries to avoid by staying away from social media.

“I think I’ve proven myself as a player with my skills and I want to continue to prove myself. I’ve proven I can win hockey games. I’ve won two World Junior Championships (titles), an OHL championship and U18 titles, so I think I’m a winner and I want to bring that culture here as best as I can.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I’m just confident and looking forward to coming here in September.”

The hunger for the 2021 first-round draft pick (16th overall) is not unjustified.

And the Rangers have also done their part to build that confidence by giving Othmann signs and opportunities to confirm their belief in his potential to play at the NHL level long-term.

The Rangers gave him a three-game chance to make his NHL debut in January, in the middle of his first season with the AHL Wolf Pack.

Brennan Othman Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

In 67 games in Hartford, he was second on the team with 49 points and fourth among AHL rookies.

Called up to the national team as a replacement for the injured Tyler Pitlick, Othmann looked to impress with his strong shot and playmaking skills, saying he has greatly improved his work in the defensive zone.

Now he is concentrating on his development in the gym.

Brennan Othmann (left) battles with Ryder Korczak for position during the Rangers’ three-day junior training camp. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Othmann was asked by GM Chris Drury and the development team to come to the junior camp to take on a leadership role.

“He’s a young guy with a lot of talent and we’re excited to get the chance to work with him. I think it’s a good experience for all of these guys,” said Jed Ortmeyer, Rangers director of player development. “It’s great for them to take that home in the summer and really use it as motivation for the season.”

His leadership was evident in the first practice of junior camp, but his chemistry with right wing Gabe Perreault was perhaps even more pronounced and served as a shining sign of what the future of the organization could look like.

Othmann and Perreault, the Rangers’ 2023 first-round draft pick (23rd overall), talked and laughed as they participated in various drills together.

Although the two were never on the same team, they have stayed in touch since last year’s junior camp.

“It’s obviously fun. He obviously has a really good chance,” said Perreault, who plans to return to Boston College for his sophomore year. “He’s a fun kid, always laughing and having fun. So it’s always fun to see the chemistry with guys like that. I look forward to continuing with him one day.”

Othmann said of the connection with Perrault: “I think with his playmaking ability and my shot and my ability to find open space, that would be a pretty good duo. He wants to win, I want to win. We both want to be here. So I think we help each other by both being here and pushing each other.”

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