From Rangers development camp to World Junior Championship and now rookie camp, Brennan Othman, Will Coyle and Dylan Garrand Played a lot of hockey this summer.
Three Canadians have been doing well in international tournaments, culminating in a gold-medal overtime win over Finland in late August. The prospects of all three Rangers played an important role in Team Canada’s 19th gold medal, but that only means it could have an even bigger impact on their bodies.
“I don’t have much heat,” Othman said Thursday at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown. “I think I was telling some people here that I have a total of 10 or 11 days off and actually three or four weeks of training. I’m playing hockey, I think, 10 1/s this year. For 2, 11 months. The fight is over. I love that. I like hockey. I like to play sports.
“To play in that World Juniors, to be there for three weeks and to be able to get that opportunity, showcase myself in different roles, was great. I think we’ve done a pretty good job.”
Othman, who was drafted 16th overall by Rangers in 2021, was cut from Canada’s roster last December. When International Ice Hockey Federation The rest of the tournament had to be canceled due to rising cases of COVID-19, however, Othman got another chance a few months later. He scored two goals and made four assists to help Canada win the gold medal.
Showing off his physicality and proving that he could hit not only players of his size but also large opponents was a bonus. Othman also got to spend time with Cuyle and Garand.
“It was a lot of fun, for sure,” Othman said of competing with his fellow baby blueshirts. “I think you’ll get to know him a little bit more. We got to know Ji a little bit, he’s a different character. You have to ask Kool about him. He’s so funny and Kool and I formed a good friendship there Also tied up. These are two great people, two people with whom I will continue to grow up for the rest of my life, hopefully. I was so lucky to be with them.”
Othman’s response to Garrand’s comments added Cuyle: “He’s probably talking about G’s focus in the room before a game. I’ve never seen anyone so focused and dialed in before, so it was interesting.” .
Both Cuylle and Othmann admit there are extra reps on the ice this summer has given them a leg up on some of their fellow prospects. He also said that he feels his game has been upped in preparation for the training camp that starts on Thursday. Cuylle appeared in 59 games for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League last season, scoring a total of 43 goals and 37 assists, while Othman made 50 goals and 47 assists in 66 appearances for the Flint Firebirds.
The recovery period may have been short, but it is clear that Othman, Coyle and Garand are all in game shape.
“This timing is very important,” said Othman, who noted that he skated with the NHL group on Monday and Tuesday. “We have rookie camp and two games this weekend, so [resting is] Very important to go to the main camp. You will need to take the time to rest and relax during the day and to replenish your body and nap. Get treatments, hot tubs, cold tubs, stuff like that.”
With goals from Vagina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin and recent signings with Jaroslav Halak and Louis Domingue in the mix, Garand probably won’t be leaving Rangers behind this season. But Othman and Cuyle will compete to further improve their position. in the Rangers organization, Whether it’s an opportunity to beat a player from last season or – in Cuyle’s case – earn a call-up amid injuries, both will look to make an impression on Rangers management.
“I think I have to show a really good physicality and really good competition,” said Coyle, who could fit into a fourth-row role with Rangers. “I think my game is clearly a power forward, to be really good on the forecheck and do things offensively. And also to be really good defensively, as well as being really good, 200-footers consistently. bring the game.”