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Othmann & Kressler on NHL Central Scouting Preliminary 'Players to Watch' List

November 6, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Flint Firebirds News Release

Flint, Mich. - Flint Firebirds forwards Brennan Othmann (B rating) and Braeden Kressler (C rating) are among the 46 OHL players that have been included on NHL Central Scouting's Preliminary 'Players to Watch' List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

This past season, Othmann broke the Firebirds rookie franchise records for goals (17) and points (33) in 55 games while also recording two game-winning goals with Flint during the 2019-20 OHL campaign. The Pickering, Ont., native was selected by the Firebirds with the second-overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound forward was recognized as invitee to Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp this year.

Kressler finished second among all first-year players on the Firebirds roster last season. He tallied 18 points (9G, (A) and a plus-16 rating in 46 games played during his rookie season. The Kitchener, Ont. native was invited to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last November.

The Firebirds have had at least one player selected in the NHL Draft in each of their five seasons since being a member of the Ontario Hockey League. Since the Flint's inception just five season ago in 2015, the club has now had 19 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster

"At this point in the evaluation process and considering the lack of a summer scouting season, it's much too early to identify a strength for the 2021 draft class other than to state that there are a number of good prospects at every position," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

2021 NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List - OHL:



A Daniil Chayka Guelph Storm D

A Brandt Clarke Barrie Colts D

A Artyom Grushnikov* Hamilton Bulldogs D

A Mason McTavish Peterborough Petes C

A Francesco Pinelli Kitchener Rangers C

B Nick DeGrazia Sudbury Wolves C

B Brett Harrison Oshawa Generals C

B Wyatt Johnston Windsor Spitfires C

B Brennan Othmann Flint Firebirds LW

B Daniil Sobolev* Windsor Spitfires D

B Chase Stillman Sudbury Wolves C

C Francesco Arcuri Kingston Frontenacs C

C Jack Beck Ottawa 67's RW

C Ethan Burroughs Owen Sound Attack RW

C Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW

C Nolan Dann Sarnia Sting LW

C Ethan Del Mastro Mississauga Steelheads D

C Isaac Enright Niagara IceDogs D

C Vsevolod Gaidamak* Ottawa 67's C

C Ranvir Gill-Shane Ottawa 67's D

C Deni Goure Owen Sound Attack C

C Artem Guryev Peterborough Petes D

C Avery Hayes Hamilton Bulldogs RW

C Jacob Holmes Soo Greyhounds D

C Braeden Kressler Flint Firebirds C

C Kasper Larsen* Mississauga Steelheads D

C Connor Lockhart Erie Otters C

C Logan Mailloux London Knights D

C Jack Matier Ottawa 67's D

C Bryce Montgomery London Knights D

C Matvei Petrov* North Bay Battalion RW

C Connor Punnett Barrie Colts D

C Ben Roger London Knights D

C Colby Saganiuk* Erie Otters RW

C Lawson Sherk Hamilton Bulldogs C

C Brenden Sirizzotti Ottawa 67's RW

C Matthew Sop Kitchener Rangers LW

C Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW

C Ty Voit Sarnia Sting RW

C Ryan Winterton Hamilton Bulldogs RW

C Brian Zanetti* Peterborough Petes D



B Ben Gaudreau Sarnia Sting

B Tristan Lennox Saginaw Spirit

B Joe Vrbetic North Bay Battalion

C Pavel Cajan* Kitchener Rangers

C Nick Malik Soo Greyhounds

*- indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

- A Rating - Indicates a first round candidate

- B Rating - Indicates a second or third round candidate

- C Rating - Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

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