Flint Firebirds forward, Pickering native Othmann honoured as OHL Player of the Month

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Published November 1, 2022 at 3:36 pm

Flint Firebirds forward, New York Rangers prospect and Pickering native Brennan Othmann is the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Month for October.

Othmann produced 10 goals and 13 assists in 13 games last month, with a plus-seven rating and eight multi-point games, helping his club to a 7-6 record.

Othmann started the season with a bang, scoring both of the Firebirds’ goals in their home opener against Niagara and registered the first of a trio of three-point games October 7 in Guelph in a 5-3 win. He added two goals and three points a week later in an 8-1 drubbing of the Erie Otters and finished the month with three helpers Saturday night in an 8-7 shootout victory over the Oshawa Generals. The 6-foot, 180lb. left-winger has tallied at least one point in 12 of his 13 appearances so far this season. He becomes the first Firebirds player to claim OHL Player of the Month honours.

A 19-year-old native of Pickering, Othmann currently sits tied atop OHL scoring list with 10 goals on the season and ranks second in points with 23 (10-13–23) in 13 games. His 67 shots on goal lead the League. Now in his third season with the Firebirds, Othmann has produced career totals that include 77 goals, 76 assists and 153 points in 134 regular season games.

The winger was a first round (16th overall) pick of the Rangers in the 2021 NHL Draft, and quickly signed a three-year entry level NHL contract with the club. Othmann was Flint’s first round (2nd overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after winning an OHL Cup title with the Don Mills Flyers U16 program.

Other players honoured by the league include OHL Goaltender of the Month Michael Simpson of the Peterborough Petes and a pair of Saginaw Sprit: OHL Defenceman of the Month Pavel Mintyukov and ‘Exceptional Status’ 15 year-old rookie star Michael Misa as the OHL Rookie of the Month.

Misa, the first overall pick this spring, finished the month just one point shy of John Tavares’ points record. Misa won’t be eligible for the NHL draft until 2025.

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